Old Forester is what it is, and that’s why it works.
Old Forrester has about as much tradition as you can get in a Bourbon. It is a single brand of Bourbon that has been continuously available for 145 years — most of that time from the same family of craftsmen at the same distillery. Interestingly, it was the first Bourbon to be available exclusively in sealed glass bottles. There was a lot of nefarious re-bottling and dilution going on and this was a way to ensure quality and integrity. Today it is owned by Brown-Forman, available in eight different varieties and is a sister Bourbon to Woodford Reserve.
If Old Forrester had a resume, it would be a full one — “Best Bourbon Under 10 YO,”“Double Gold Medal,” “Best Bourbon 2012,” “94 points,” and so on. It has garnered all of those accolades by being true to what it is. And what it is is a traditional Rye-forward Bourbon made in much the same way as it has been for generations and bottled at a respectable 43% ABV without any marketing flimflam or artificial ingredient trickery. It’s a real Straight Kentucky Bourbon made from day one for real people who like real cocktails. And you just got to love that, right?
Smartass Corner: Woodford is the “Official Bourbon” and its sister brand Old Forrester is the part of the “Official Mint Julep Cocktail” during the famous Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs racetrack.
This is a really good sipping bourbon. It is stronger than normal 80 proof, but not by much. If the strength is too much for you to drink neat, put it on the rocks, let it breathe for a couple minutes then resume!
Excellent value bourbon.
Palatable but other bourbons are available around the $20-25 price point that I enjoy more.
Great whiskey for your everyday go to
Not quite as good as the hundred proof, but for the price this is an excellent bourbon.
Tasted from a store pick that was awesome. Strong cherry and tobacco flavors.
Tasted somewhat cheap. I was probably turned off by the screw off cap. I have a saying, nothing good come out of a bottle with a screw off cap.
This bourbon was ok. I only purchased one bottle and it had a flavor that was a little bit of a burnt sweet flavor that stood out too much.
Old Forester Bourbon 86 Proof is a decent bourbon that isn’t going to blow anyone away, but it’s also not bland or offensive so it’s easy enough to drink without issue. It’s a decent option for daily drinking, but you’re not missing out if you pass on it.
There's a reason why a lot of places has this as their well bourbon. It is a medium bodied balanced bourbon with an agreeable taste profile that is ok to drink, but mainly makes a good mixer. Definitely worth keeping stocked at the home bar in case somebody wants a mixer but you don't want to waste really good bourbon on them.
Sweet, smooth, caramel
One of my go to’s. Great in a whiskey and coke. Great sipping. Loses some flavor over ice. I recommend sipping neat. There is some spice on the back but not overwhelming.
Big bang for the buck on this classic bourbon. Good sipper and even better in cocktails and mixers. My game day bourbon and diet cola. When sipping, I think it has a better finish than the 100 proof.
Old Forester is the epitome of "working class" Bourbon. A nice taste of Cherry, Vanilla, Oak and Chocolate with a tinge of spice to let you know it's alive. If you're looking to get into Bourbon or enjoy getting the best "bang for your buck", it's going to be hard to find a better deal than this delicious offering from Brown Forman.
One note. Light. Mild burn.
Solid daily drinker. Could sip or mix.
Budget beverage. Splash with water
Incredibly smooth, one of the best bourbons for anyone looking to get into whisk(e)y
Solid if unspectacular. For the price it's a great bargain. For 5 to 10 bucks more you can find much better stuff.
Solid value. Nothing spectacular but worth trying. I wouldn’t turn it down, but I think I like some others better. Can’t really go wrong for the price though
Way too strong for my taste.
Look at any of the reviews, it's all said. This is a great bourbon for an everyday drink and a great price. I hope OF continues the current price point and does not get greedy. Nose is sweet, like cherry and chocolate and has a nice palate that is not too sweet or spicy, and that doesn't kick anyone over. Good for someone who wants something to sip on everyday or someone new to the drink. Finish is a little spicy but over quick, again easy for new-to-whiskey drinkers. For price-to-flavor this is a new go to for the bar.
Old reliable mixer and not too bad for sipping
Excellent all around bourbon. This is a good everyday drinker at an excellent price. Use mostly for mixed drinks but tastes fine straight or on the rocks.
Considering the price, this is a very nice bourbon. Easy start with abundant flavors and good amount of sweetness. Nice, smooth finish with a little bite as it makes its way down. Very nice and I plan on keeping this on hand as an easy sipper.
Good, affordably-priced bourbon. Mostly used for mixing, but not bad straight up either.
Not bad for the price point. Better than red roses yellow. Not as complex as Elijah Craig’s small batch or Buffalo Trace which are far superior in complexity - price ratio. Great for everyday sipping without feeling bad of drinking something expensive or rare.
This is ok for a mixer, however not for me neat nor on the roclks
This is a sweet whiskey that my "new to bourbon" friends get as a starter.
Great value. Straight forward bourbon!
This is a great bourbon value. Simple, not complex, and with a short finish but endlessly drinkable. When combined with its cheap price point it makes it a great buy.
This is bourbon, bourbon. It brings a little heat which is surprising for this proof. Compared to all others, it is ok. But when you factor in the price, it moves up the list quickly. I put it better than Michter's Bourbon at half the price. Better than Woodford Reserve Wheated. Better than Basil Hayden. About the same as Baker's 7 at 1/3 the price. Everyday bourbon at an everyday price.
Old Forester is one of the finest old Ky bourbons ever distilled. Has been consistently my go to bourbon for the 50+ years I’ve known there is a difference from one to another? Thank you Jack Mc Intyre for my introduction to it.
possibly the best value in bourbon. very typical bourbon notes that makes for a great into to bourbon for someone or a daily sipper for even a pro.
Very easy intro to bourbon. Has citrus flavors, usual notes of caramel and brown sugar. The finish tastes like maybe a pecan...it is definitely not oak though. I enjoy it when I want something mellow.
One of the better sub-$25 bottles of bourbon on the market
This is a price-to-performance champion. Traditional bourbon profile, really well done, at a great price. Nice long finish and Kentucky hug.
Deep full flavor, thick molasses, one singular drop of honey, finish hint of spice almost mute, but lasts on the tongue like eating spicy food that becomes eventually overpowering
Old Forester Classic Kentucky Straight Bourbon touts itself as the first bourbon ever bottled. The bourbon is made from a mash of corn, rye and malted barley — after the grains have been milled and mashed, they are fermented for five to seven days with a proprietary yeast strain that is grown fresh daily at the distillery. This extra-long fermentation process ensures that the bourbon has an unparalleled depth and complexity. Following fermentation, the grains are twice distilled before being matured in new, American oak casks.
Pralines, cherries and a hint of marzipan along with a bit of vanilla. A long lingering flavor. I am biased though, I like everything Old Forester builds! I buy the 50%, 100 proof when it's on sale. A reasonably priced go-to for sure.
Fantastic flavor profile especially for the price. Easy drinking, much smoother than some higher priced bottles I didn’t like as well.
Good bourbon, not the most exciting flavor profile but still a solid pour. Can be a little dry but is great on the rocks in my opinion.
Cherry comes through strong in the nose. Sweet on the lips, woody and nutty on the back of the tongue. I like it with a splash of branch to mellow the spice. Solid bourbon for rocks or cocktails.
On par with Jim Beam
Ok bourbon. Not particularly smooth. Was better with a couple of ice cubes
Classic! Old Forester was in the first Old Fashioned I ever had. Now it is a staple in my bar for just that.
very clean, and smooth
Just a solid bourbon, nothing special but that’s part of its charm. Just woody and full enough to feel distinguished
A great everyday bourbon and seems to fly under the radar
I think this bourbon would be better if I could remember what it tastes like the following day.
Good flavor and aroma, but it only reminds me of my first bourbon.
I couldn't taste anything other than spicy notes, which made for a bitter taste along with a bitter finish.
Great value and foundation for every bar
Good taste, perfect for making an old fashioned.
Great whiskey. Wonderful quality for the price!
A daily go to.
Quickly becoming my go-to $20 bourbon.
Spicier than Beam and the same price.
Given the price, this was a great bourbon. Just the right amount of burn with a warm vanilla finish.
My go-to is Woodford Reserve, but Old Forester doesn’t disappoint as a less expensive memeber of the family. In Old Fashioneds or on rocks I’ll take this at almost 1/2 the cost of it’s more refined cousin.
This is an excellent "budget friendly" whiskey with great taste. Easy to see why this stuff has been around for awhile.
I really like this Whisky. It is much smoother than I expected to be and was pleasantly surprised. This may become my new go to Whisky. Hints of cinnamon spice is what came across to me.
For what it is Old Forester is great. A classic that can't disappoint.
This has become a good standby for me. I don't normally care for anything with a cherry flavor but this one is very good.
Really good for the price!!
A little to spicy for me, best with a mixer.
spicy with a medium finish. Best enjoyed in an Old-Fashioned
Great tasting bourbon and a reasonable price.
Very nice smooth bourbon. A great value at that price.
Nice vanilla notes with a smooth after taste.
One of my regular rotators for cheap bourbon.
Amazingly good for the price, but a bit of a bitter aftertaste.
harsh ethanol burn covered up the flavor. After heavily diluted I could drink it, but the body was gone.
Great for the price
Really good value! Very smooth taste - even my wife loves this one and she’s not that into bourbon...
Tasty, smooth. I'd buy it again.
By far the "best bang for the buck" in bourbon. While others went to 80 proof, OF remained true to its roots and remained at 86. A "real" American whisky. Forget the snobs, the single barrels and the very small batches--this is how bourbon should taste--smooth, with a gentle reminder that bourbon is the original American moonshine at the end--just like it should.
I summarize the taste as being the epitome of Kentucky Bourbon. In my opinion, it's one of the best bourbons for the money.
Best every day drinker I've tasted.
Very smooth. Good value. My go-to for everyday bourbon.
Light aroma and body. Notes of vanilla, caramel, apple, and brown sugar.
Great for mixing
nose:oranges, lots of cedar, some buttery creaminess, rye, slight hint of bread
palate: caramel, maple syrup, oak, spice, pine
finish: spicy oak, very quick finish, little to no depth after, drying
overall: very sweet not all together bad but not something i would go out of my way to buy