Happy New Year whiskey lovers. I hope 2018 brings you all you wish for and, of course, plenty of the amber nectar. For me, I’m gonna start as I plan to go on – taking life one sip at a time!
Having had a nice Christmas with family and good friends, I also have had the privilege of sampling some mighty fine drams thanks mainly to the generosity of the many good folks in the British Bourbon Society.
One of the drams was Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style. When you’re in the UK, Old Forester isn’t exactly the easiest pour to source, so needless to say I was very excited to receive this sample.
You can get the Old Forester 1870 fairly easily in some of the bigger supermarkets now, but solid enough as it is, it’s not a patch on this one.
APPEARANCE: Rich, dark copper.
NOSE: Dark chocolate and stewed fruits with some floral coming through. Within those deep, dark notes, however, is a bit of lightness as the dark oak becomes pine. The lighter edge also brings out sherry trifle with brandy cream and vanilla. This is a complex nose. Whilst the aromas are contrasting, they are not competing with each other. They are well balanced and complementary.
PALATE: Hot chocolate with cinnamon and orange zest. There’s a nice zing to it with spice and heat which lingers and fades nicely to a rich coffee flavour and finishes to a chocolate hazelnut spread. As I tend to find with these dark, higher proof Bourbons, there is a vanilla hint which always pops up to brighten my day. Add to this the creamy, mouth-coating texture, there’s no doubt Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style is a damn fine Bourbon.
OVERALL: It certainly slips down nicely. There is a lovely balance between the flavours and the heat – nothing overpowers the other. It’s all pretty complementary. A very nice Bourbon indeed, particularly if you’re into dark, rich flavours.
PC RATING: 88/100 ( (B+).
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES from Old Forester:
NOSE: An intense medley of cherry preserves, drippy caramel, dark chocolate, thickened maple syrup and seasoned oak spiciness.
TASTE: Dark caramel coats layers of malt nuttiness and sweet graham cracker all warmed by green peppercorn and coriander spice brightened with a hint of cedar.
FINISH: Tart apple crispness gives way to a long smoky finish full of toasted marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker sweetness.