Old Forester – Old Fine Whisky 1910
- Distillery: Old Forester Distillery
- Spirit: Bourbon
- Aged: Unstated
- Proof: 93
- Purchase Price: $62.99
From the Distiller: “On October 22nd. 1910, a fire on the bottling line halted production of Old Forester. Mature whisky ready to be bottled, instead was stored in a secondary barrel. What emerged was a delightful whisky, remarkable enough to become an entirely new expressions – Old Fine Whisky.
Today mimicking this historic bottling, this unique expression of Old Forester has undergone a second barreling, granting it exceptional character, a smooth and sweet flavor and a clean, crisp finish. Entering the second barrel at a low 100 proof allows more of the sweet wood sugars to dissolve into the whiskey. 1910 Old Fine Whiskey is the fourth and final expression of the Whiskey Row Series, presented at 93 proof.”
Review & Score
Nose: Toffee sweetness gives way to wood smoke and toasted meringue.
Palate: Cinnamon sugar oats give way to rich dark chocolate and raisin followed by spicy rye and wood.
Body: A little spicy but also smooth and sweet.
Finish: Charred oak fades into leather and baking spices.
Conclusion: The story behind this bottle is actually super cool, in the event you didn’t read it. This twice barreled expression from Old Forester is the revival of a tragedy on the shipping line. However, the fire led to a twice barreled bourbon that is strong in flavor. We enjoyed the bottle, finding it to be a great addition to an already stellar lineup of quality specialty expressions by a company that has stood the test of time. We found it opened up a little more over a large cube and a few minutes, cutting back some of the heat and letting some of the sweeter notes play a little longer.
Greg Sinadinos started his spirits journey writing a whiskey periodical for Fine Tobacco NYC Magazine. He began answering review requests under a social media page he named “Whiskey Culture,” which quickly merged with Greg’s passion for connecting with others and his interest in history.
Today, Greg travels the country not just looking for great whiskey, but also exploring the history and individuals that the whiskey community is founded upon. He has authored “Whiskey History From Around The World” and is the host of “The Rickhouse” web series.