Old Forester is the only bourbon that has continuously distilled and marketed by the founding family before, during, and after Prohibition. Old Forester 1920 is the third release in the Old Forester Whiskey Row series, and represents how Old Forester would have batched their whiskey at the beginning of Prohibition.
Old Forester 1920 comes in at 115 proof, which is not barrel proof, but watered down to 115 proof to represent a barrel sample that Old Forester would have batched in 1920. The mash bill is most likely the same as the other Old Forester expressions, 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley.
ABV: 57.5% (115 proof)
Right away I picked up fresh leather, followed by quite a bit of cherry, caramel apples, some maple syrup, and spicy oak.
Lots of caramel at the beginning that feels thick and full bodied, a peppery spice with bits of malted chocolate, the apple that I picked up on the nose makes an appearance, and a wood that is almost cedar like.
The finish is a warm long one, apple lingers, with a little rye spice, a smoky presence of oak, and sweet vanilla graham.
Old Forester 1920 is by far my favorite expression in the Old Forester Whiskey Row lineup. Hopefully we see more releases like this come from Brown-Forman soon. The price is a bit steep at around $60, but at this proof and kind of quality I recommend picking up a bottle. Special expressions from a whiskey giant are expected to be at a higher price point. In comparison to other brands of whiskey, the quality in Old Forester 1920 is right along the middle ground for other whiskies at that price point.