Proof: 93 / ABV: 46.5%
Age: Non-Age Stated (Rumored around 6-7 years old)
Distillery: Brown-Forman Shively, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Mashbill: 72% corn / 18% rye / 10% barley
Retail Pricing: $55-60
Availability: Limited, but can be found at most stores. Old Forester claims they have sold out of 1910.
This is Old Forester’s fourth offering in the Whiskey Row Series and the last.
“…1910 Old Fine Whisky represents a specific point in Old Forester’s nearly 150-year-old history. In October 1910, a fire caused the bottling line to be shut down for an indefinite period of time. Complicating matters, there was a vat of mature whisky waiting to be bottled. Otherwise facing ruin, this whisky was instead stored in new, charred oak containers to rest until the line could be repaired. The resulting product, the first documented double-barreled whisky, was both different from Old Forester and remarkable enough to become an entirely new expression – Very Old Fine Whiskey.”
“Mature Old Forester enters a second barrel at 100 proof, just as it did in 1910,” said Old Forester Master Taster Jackie Zykan. “The second barrel is charred nearly to the point of incineration.” – Old Forester Press Release
Sensibles: Butterscotch all the way down. The nose is sweet (think vanilla frosting, creme brûlée, Werther’s Original Candy, brown sugar, and toasted marshmallow). A rich, full mouthfeel of nearly the same combines with a bit of smokiness from the heavy char that is wonderfully balanced. The finish is long and sweet with a modest amount of astringent oak that tricks you into wanting more. I could drink a bottle of this in a few days, easily. Probably one of the more standout whiskies I’ve tried this year.
Value: At only 6-7 years old and 93 proof, $60 is a bit steep. However, you’re getting an amazingly unique whiskey that tastes wonderful and makes a fantastic daily sipper. What I love about this bottle — approachability; a novice and expert taster could drink this whiskey and both find immense satisfaction from it. I recommend getting a bottle while you can.
I’m generally not a fan of “oaky” bourbons (looking at you Elijah Craig 18 and 23) because I really don’t like the astringency that usually comes with. I’ve had many oaky bourbons that have such a dry finish I feel I need water after a sip. This whiskey isn’t one of those…there’s an amazing amount of balance here that makes it the gold standard for a double barreled bourbon.
The one negative thing I’ll say about this one is the lack of really any rye character. It’s smooth without much bite or warmth which is probably why many of the reviews I’ve read have been mixed. People love their spicy finishes and a lot of folks are sensitive to oaky bitterness. Oh well, more for me!
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