Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond

We previously reviewed the Old Forester 1870 Original Batch, Brown-Forman's first of several whiskeys that make up the Old Forester "Whiskey Row" series. It's a great marketing campaign, full of legitimate history and the promise of interesting products. Unfortunately, the "1870" was one of our least favorite bourbons ever.

Unwilling to sink another $50 into a bottle of something I'd rather pour down the drain then share with guests, I tried two ounces of the "1897 Bottled in Bond" at a restaurant in Columbia, SC. It was wonderful. We went out and picked up a bottle and have not been disappointed. Even better news...the "1920 Prohibition Style" bourbon is the best of the bunch. 

Old Forester 1897 Original Batch

100 proof
$50 at ABC in Salisbury, NC

Color: Rich, dark amber.

Nose: A beautifully balanced combination of caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak and dark cherry. The 100 proof heat tickles the nose; it's just the right amount.

Tasting Notes: Heaps of caramel, vanilla, graham cracker, brown sugar, baking spices, and a touch of subtle spearmint. Oak and alcohol heat emerge but never dominate.

Overall: A. A damn good bourbon whiskey.