This bottle is not shy, but even at 115 proof it is warm and inviting, not overpowering. Big aromas of maple, cinnamon, clove and a soft kiss of vanilla explode from the glass. The palate is full, and very lush with a big dose of caramel, cocoa and dried tangerine peel. A long, smooth finish with an unmistakable candy apple character reminds us of the magic of autumn. The bottle in your hands is a limited offering bringing back the rich, high-alcohol style from a dark time in our country's history. Enjoy with aplomb.
Old Forester is America's only distillery that has been in uninterrupted production, and still in the hands of its founding family, since its inception in 1870. It was then that founder George Garvin Brown introduced Old Forester to the people of Louisville: the first Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey to be sold in sealed glass bottles to ensure quality. Today Old Forester, made by the Brown-Forman corporation, is the official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. Numerous blends - including an "original batch" recipe that recalls George Garvin Brown's original mashbill and methods - have spread the renown of this Bourbon standard-bearer.