Today is Whiskey Wednesday and we turn our sights on the oldest Bourbon in America. We're not talking about the first Boubon, but the oldest continuously bottled one. It's called Old Forester and it's made by Brown-Forman of Jack Daniels fame.
Created in 1870 by George Garvin Brown, this 100 Proof Bourbon was originally created as a medicinal aid. That's right- you'd go visit your doctor and they'd write you a prescription of a bottle of Whiskey. In fact, this brand of Bourbon, Old Forrester (the 2nd r was dropped in the early 1900s) was the one bourbon trusted by doctors because it came sealed, ensuring the ingredients were pure, unadulterated whiskey. Due to this legacy, they were permitted to make this throughout the Prohibition period, making it the very oldest of American whiskies.
Today we taste Old Forester Signature, a 100 Proof, 50% Alcohol Bourbon. $20- $24 Retail. The mashbill is reported to be 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Nose- A sweet nose of Heavy Caramel, Butterscotch with a hint of Fruit and Oak.
Taste- A bit spicy on the tongue with a bit of cinnamon and wood. Then the sweetness comes through with caramel, burnt sugar, and vanilla.
Finish- A long, spicy finish. You taste the alcohol at this proof with a woodsy,cinnamon finish and a slow burn at first tasting And then there's an aftertaste of sweetness.
Overall, this is a nice complex Bourbon for not alot of $$. It has a sweet start and a spicy finish. It opens up and mellows with water, making this a nice, drinking Bourbon, better with water or over ice than sipping straight. This particular Bourbon has twice been awarded the Double Gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.