Old Forester 100 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Old Forester
  • Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • toffee
  • vanilla
  • apple
  • spicy
  • toasted oak
  • tea
  • coffee
  • dark chocolate
  • butterscotch

Old Forester

100 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky (0.7l, 50%)

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This classic Bourbon is a bartender favorite for a very good reason.

Old Forester 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.

Everyone has their own "perfect" set of specs for their Bourbon. But when it comes to ABV, we like 46% for sipping and 50% for cocktails. That little extra oomph makes a big difference if you want to taste the Whiskey when it’s holding up the other ingredients. Old Forester Signature Bourbon is a bartender’s favorite at one hundred proof. The mash bill is high corn at 72% with 18% rye and 10% malted barley — delivering rich caramel and toffee notes that marry perfectly with the known universe of mixers. And it just added a Double Gold medal from the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition to its long list of awards.

Smartass corner: 
Old Forrester is named after a "cooperative" physician who regularly prescribed it to his patients during Prohibition "for medicinal purposes." The "Signature" in the Bourbon’s name is a tribute to George Garvin Brown — the original founder of the brand.

  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Old Forester
  • Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Burnished Copper

Nose / Aroma / Smell
On the nose you’ll find notes of sweet tea, espresso, dark chocolate, butterscotch, and anise.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile has the toffees and vanilla you expect with an interesting apple-spice-tart note over toasted oak.

Finish
The finish is light a clean with a lingering apple note.

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  • toffee
  • vanilla
  • apple
  • spicy
  • toasted oak
  • tea
  • coffee
  • dark chocolate
  • butterscotch
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
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