This is the latest release of the Old Forester “Whiskey Row” series. It is different from the other versions in this series because they deeply charred a second barrel and finished the Bourbon in this second barrel. It is described as “deeply charred” because they char the barrel well past a number four char – almost to the point of causing the barrel to fall apart. This finishing of the whiskey does create some interesting flavors.
Old Forester 1910
Age: No Age Statement
Nose: Caramel and fruit – prunes, dates and a hint of bananas with baking spices and oak. The oak and spice become heavier as it breathes. Let it breathe a while for the full flavor to come forward.
Taste: Caramel and fruit – prunes and dates with some nutmeg and allspice. Very much like a Christmas spice cookie. Tasted with a cranberry and the flavor has lass fruit and spice and more caramel and a hint of chocolate. Tasted with the pecan and the bananas come forward with more dry oak and chocolate.
Finish: Long and dry with oak and baking spices. The cranberry makes the finish sweeter but also shortens the finish. The pecan brings out the oak, making it very dry.
I decided to pair this with a Rocky Patel 2008 Autumn Collection cigar. I find the smoke very rich with tobacco and wood smoke with a hint of vanilla and cedar spice. The Bourbon makes the smoke sweeter with a hint of chocolate replacing the vanilla. The smoke makes the Bourbon full of chocolate and hazelnuts as well as the fruit and spice. An excellent pairing.
Photos Courtesy of Rosemary Miller