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Old Forester’s Newest 117 Series Addition Is “Extra Extra Old” 

Old Forester Distilling just released its latest in the 117 Series, a double-barreled bourbon that took an extra long turn in the second barrel.

What Old Forester did was take its beloved 1910 expression, and aged it in a second barrel for 24 months.

Master Taster Melissa Rift said, in a prepared statement, that the whiskey earned its special name, Old Forester Extra Extra Old, with the extra time lending the bourbon pronounced sweet and spice notes.

Old Forester Extra Extra Old
Old Forester Distilling just released its latest in the 117 Series, a double-barreled bourbon that took an extra long turn in the second barrel. (image via old Forester)

“This expression was born from a creative and innovative experiment while staying true to the classic taste which sets Old Forester apart,” Rift said.  “Although I only joined Old Forester last month, this was one of the first new limited expressions I was honored to taste. And the extra long double barreling leads to an explosion of flavors.”

Old Forester 1910 is a special whiskey that commemorates the Oct. 22, 1910 distillery fire at 117 Main Street in Louisville. Back then, a batch of mature whisky ready to be bottled was instead re-barreled in new barrels for removal due to the fire damage.

What emerged was a full-bodied whisky, which became an entirely new expression … Old Fine Whisky.

For this new expression, Extra Extra Old, the brand experimented by leaving the 1910 whiskey in the heavily-charred secondary barrel for two more years.

The whiskey is bottled at 93 proof and is exclusively available at the Old Forester Distillery now, for a suggested price of $59.99.

Old Forester Extra Extra Old distiller’s notes:

  • Color: Deep-aged bronze.
  • Aroma: Roasted coffee, maple syrup, dark chocolate and caramel coat hints of toasted coconut, fruit and a smokey char foundation.
  • Flavor: Mocha coffee with hints of brandy and dark cherry fruit.
  • Finish: Smooth, creamy chocolate coffee notes fade quickly.

For more information or to get a bottle, check out www.oldforester.com.

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Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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