Price Point: $15 – $25 for 750 ML
Old Forester is one of those whiskeys you see on the shelf pretty often but never think to pick up. The price point is average, the packaging is average, and so on and so forth. It’s a Brown-Forman product (as I stated in a previous blog post), sharing its roots with Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve.
For me, it was one of those purchase decisions solely based on trying something new. A risk like that has the potential to end in a pleasant surprise or an unfortunate waste of money.
The nose on Old Forester is pretty standard for a bourbon. There’s a good amount of corn and oak here. A little harsh, but that’s probably because of its youth.
The nose compares pretty close to the taste. High corn and oak. A little smoother on the tongue than the nose. There’s nothing too remarkable about the taste. Again, pretty standard for a bourbon.
There’s a decent length on the finish with a little bit of spiciness.
Rating & Recommendations
I’m really not a huge fan of Old Forester, but there’s nothing in particular about this bourbon that I’m opposed to. I give this brand a rating of 73 out of 100.
I’m really not sure how to recommend drinking this. It certainly has enough flavor to be drunk neat, but I’d say it would be just as good on ice or with a mixer. Feel free to experiment.
Old Forester is a decent bourbon; no big complaints or praises from me.