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Old Forester Bourbon

(70cl, 43%)

Old Forester Bourbon

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Old Forester Bourbon Bottling Note

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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Old Forester Bourbon Reviews

Old Forrester rocks 🥃

Love all their whiskey's..Great price point for a quality whiskey and superb taste and buzz

4th November 2020

Old style bourbon with a bit of a kick

Approached this with an open mind based on the divided reviews and was pleasantly surprised. Confused by the comments saying it was too sweet, I tried it neat, back to back with Wild Turkey 101 (which it reminds me of) and 101 is definitely sweeter, no contest. Then I tried Old Forester with a little ice and it opened up and became noticeably sweeter and smoother but a lot of character was lost, whereas WT101 on ice pretty much stayed the same. So maybe that's the issue. Don't water it down! It's not as good as WT101 but it was cheaper and at £25 or thereabouts it's good value for money if you like your whiskey old style with a bit of a kick.

26th October 2020

Very nice straight, cheap enough to mix

Not quite as fragrant, sweet, or complex as Elijah Craig Small Batch for example, but a very nice richly satisfying bourbon. I use this mostly for mixing since I’ve got other more expensive choices, but it’s very nice straight as well. For the price, it’s amazing!! For just a few $ less you get truly awful bourbon, you have to spend another $10 to do much better.

26th August 2020


Far too sweet and all around unpleasant bourbon.

19th August 2020

Below average

A bit hot and plenty of higher alcohols, this is best for cocktails or on the rocks (lots of ice). For the price, there are a lot of better jourbons out there.

2nd August 2020

Not great but better than the worst

Orange peel and petrol. Basil on the aftertaste. Not pleasant but not terrible. Would choose over JD.

28th June 2020

Tastes like moonshine

Not impressed, you might as well stick to regular whiskey. Not in the bourbon class

8th May 2020

Exceeded expectations

This bourbon beats out bottles that are double the price. Super smooth 7 slightly sweet. Go to for Old Fashioned.

27th April 2020

Buy! Enjoy!

Great bourbon!

29th September 2019

Great Value

Second favorite budget whiskey. Perfect for a week night Manhattan. Great value.

29th June 2019

Really good value for money.

Whenever I go to the states I always buy a bottle of Forester. Really good value for money when you can get it on special in the UK..

16th June 2019

Sweet and softly enveloping...and if that's what you want, it does it very well

Definitely sweet, but a soft, creamy sweetness due to bourbon's inherent and inevitable vanilla characteristics; very quaffable. Kind of like a caricature of a bourbon.

It's not just generic bourbon (it's softer and sweeter than that), not challenging and sophisticated; it's sort of like a warm fleecy blanket. Sometimes it would be smothering and unwelcome, but when it's what I'm in the mood for, it's absolutely spot on.

7th June 2019

One man's meat is another man's poison

I can understand the mixed reviews - it is rather sweet, and drinking it straight and at room temperature didn't work for me. However my preference is to add just a couple of ice stones when drinking whisky and after a minute or two of being chilled this really came into its own. Personally I don't like mixers or cocktails so can't comment on how that would work, but this would seem to be a bit of a waste for what is undoubtedly a quality Bourbon.

18th September 2018

Old Forester Rave Review

I bought this as it was on special at Tescos and am so glad I did. It’s gorgeous - on a par with Jack Daniela !

18th May 2018

A Favourite Bourbon

I've drunk plenty of different types of bourbon, but this is one of my favourites. It goes perfectly on the rocks. Haven't tried it for mint juleps.

4th May 2018


Got a bottle as a present..thought my pal was a cheapskate untill i googled the price...tastes cheap and nasty..thought it was a co-op £12 bottle.

18th April 2018


Good mixer. Not remarkable straight.

30th March 2018

43% of nothing

43% The colour of 'quality'. Smells of nothing. Tastes of nothing.

18th October 2017

Caveat emptor

I had a bottle the Old Forrester some time ago and found it to be an interesting mixer. Out of town I found a bottle of the "Signature" more expensive bottling. What a disappointment. Nail polish remover! I will never buy another bottle of Old Forrester. So no I don't recommend Old Forrester. Caveat emptor!

1st August 2017

Relatively expensive Meh.

I like my bourbon over ice, simple. I was excited to try this, but man, what a crock! Cant taste any rye. Cant taste any complexity. There is certainly no oakiness. Can taste a sweetness, like that in green coke-a-cola, followed by an emptiness, like when you realise you paid £34.43 for a £12 bottle. I love Bulleit and Elijah Craig, this is nothing like either, its not even as subtle as JD. Its like comparing Haig Club with Talisker. I'm putting this in pepsi max... for this price I could have 3 bottles of Jim Beam.... And who wouldn't prefer that to this!

22nd April 2017

Pleasant and enjoyable

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

Sweet jesus

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

fantastic taste

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

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