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Old Forester 1910 Extra Old Debuts As Latest 117 Series

Kentucky’s popular Old Forester American whiskey brand has announced a new addition to its 117 Series, a limited expression line up. Known as Old Forester 1910 Extra Old, it builds upon the success of the previous 1910 Old Fine Whisky.

Old Forester 1910 Extra Old, according to those behind it, adds a secondary aging process of 18 months in a different barrel to the traditional 1910 bottling. It is bottled at 93 proof.

“This release in The 117 Series is a curious exploration into the intensity of the proprietary heavily charred 1910 barrel,” Master Taster Jackie Zykan said in a prepared statement. “This liquid was allowed to rest for 18 months in this secondary barrel, extracting significantly more of the heavily charred influence.”

Old Forester 1910 Extra Old
Old Forester 1910 Extra Old (image via Old Forester)

The year 1910 is said to have a significant importance to Old Forester. On October 22nd of that year, according to the brand, ” fire on the bottling line halted the production of Old Forester. Mature whisky ready to be bottled was instead stored in a second barrel. What emerged was a delightful whisky, remarkable enough to become an entirely new expression – Old Fine Whisky.”

Old Forester 1910 Extra Old became available starting today at the retail shop at Old Forester Distilling Co. and in select states for direct-to-consumer sales for $49.99 in limited quantities — and at select Kentucky stores. Official tasting notes are below.

  • Aroma: On the nose, this expression showcases notes of dark brown sugar, sugared pecan and rich chocolate.
  • Taste: The palate brings with it a medium-bodied expression with a depth of warmth that swiftly transitions from sweet notes of intense caramel to the spice of dried tobacco.
  • Finish: A balanced ending that is gently rounded out with notes of green apple and raw walnut.

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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