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Old Forester 1924

$115

OVERALL
RATING

7

Whiskey Review: Old Forester 1924

Tasting Notes:

About:
10-year-old age-stated bourbon; mash bill 79% corn, 11% rye, and 10% malted barley; bottled at 50% ABV; priced at $115.
Appearance:
A golden-honey color tilted towards a darker complexity reflects in the glass, bringing moderate legs and viscosity.
Nose:
This one has a vibrant nose coming towards me aggressively even as I neared to smell, showcasing considerations of honey, graham cracker, brown sugar, slight spice, vanilla, and a bit of dark chocolate.
Palate:
The palate on this one is multi-layered but, at the same time, surprisingly not that complex, bringing forth notes of black pepper, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and creme brulee against other considerations of graham cracker and a hint of pear.
Finish:
It has a decent finish but fades a little too fast for me, offering some nuances but leaving me wanting much more.
Comments:
This is a tougher one to call. It is a fine-tasting bourbon, but I’m not overly excited about it. The price point for what it is thus comes into consideration as well – I don’t think the value point aligns with what’s in the bottle, frankly.
Old Forester 1924 review
We review Old Forester 1924, the latest Whiskey Row Series bourbon and the first to sport a new Old Forester mash bill. (image via Brown-Forman)

Editor’s Note: The party behind this whiskey gave us a review sample. Per our editorial policies, this in no way influenced the outcome of this review. It should also be noted that clicking the buy link in this review earns our site a small referral payment, which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Old Forester, during Prohibition, was one of a handful of American distilleries able to remain open because the federal government issued it one of six permits – P-3 – to bottle existing whiskey stocks as medicine. In 1924, Old Forester acquired barrels from closed distillers with different mash bills and bottled that liquid as Old Forester.

A recent new release from its Whiskey Row Series, Old Forester 1924, celebrates this point in the brand’s history. This bourbon, which is what I’m reviewing today, is a 10-year-old age-stated expression with a mash bill of 79% corn, 11% rye, and 10% malted barley. This varies slightly from the traditional Old Forester recipe of 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley.

Marking the fifth installment in the Whiskey Row Series, this bourbon is bottled at 50% ABV and priced at $115. It is available nationwide at participating retailers and at Old Forester Distilling Co.

Old Forester is noted as Brown-Forman’s founding brand, founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. This particular bourbon follows 100 years after its namesake’s impact on Old Forester’s 153-year history.

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