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Old Forester Bourbon was the first to be sold in America in sealed glass bottles, to avoid any unsavoury folks tampering with their carefully-considered recipe. It was first seen on shelves back in 1870, and the rye-rich bourbon continues to be enjoyed today.
Nose: Top notes of orange blossom and cedar. Soon develops the classic rye bread warmth and a lingering waft of buttered pancakes.
Palate: Starts quite sweet with caramel and maple syrup, though swiftly develops intense oak-y elements and hints of pine resin. Sweetness returns slightly on the mid-palate.
Finish: Juicy orange and spicy oak continue on the finish.
Overall: Bourbon doesn't get made for over 140 years without it being pretty great, so it's unsurprising that Old Forester is, well, pretty darn great!
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable bourbon for the price. Compared to Elijah Craig, it's not as spicy and compared to Bulleit Bourbon, it's not as complex. It's has a solid character with a maple syrup, vanilla, raisin and dried orange/lemon peel aroma (personally, I don't get any of the banana notes and I think it's different from any Tennessee whiskey I've tried - especially considering how smooth it is in comparison). It's the bourbon I keep coming back to in an Old Fashioned.
6th February 2017
A pleasant whisky. Not sweet at all, rather dry in fact. Compared to Woodford reserve or Knob Creek, it lacks complexity and aftertaste. I will probably try something different next time.
10th November 2016
Wow what a find I loved this bourbon . Yes it is a little sweet but that appeals to me as I like bourbon neat or over ice . Would highly recommend this bourbon for anyone
9th November 2016
My god this is sweet. It's like a dessert bourbon. I will not be able to finish this bottle without mixing in other ingredients to make it taste better. Unless you like your bourbon really sweet, may want to look elsewhere.
1st April 2016
As a relative newcomer to the world of bourbons but having sampled quite a few in a short space of time, I must say I thoroughly recommend old forrester, for those who like their bourbon a little bit sweeter. Fantastic!
8th December 2015
amazingly similar to tennessee whiskies that have that caramel/banana note...a true bargain here in the US...the BIB is excellent, but like OGD, this is a great 86 proof expression....A lot of dark oaky malty dried-fruity notes...and of course the ripe tropical fruit notes... Give it a try... Unique and very affordable
19th September 2015