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Monday, October 8, 2012
Old Forester 86 proof
This bottle finally made its way to my home. The past few trips out to the liquor store I have held this bottle in my hands but never pulled the trigger on it. Finally I decided that the time has come and it must be a sign that I have to purchase this. I have picked it up many times over the past few weeks, so what the hell.
This is made the same way it was back in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. It is made with corn, rye and malted barley and twice distilled. You can tell there is some rye in this, so now for the tasting.
Now I crack the bottle open and took a sniff, this has a stronger nose then I had expected since we are at 86 proof and not 100+, but it was strong and rich. The first sniff was of toasty oak and vanilla with some sweetness to it. Taking the first sip was a pleasure. At first I wasn’t too sure I would like this one but it was rich and full of the barrel flavors along with the vanilla, caramel and oaky with a spicy kick for a finish. As this goes down for the first time you can tell where it is as it goes. This one warms you from the inside.
I felt this was a really good bourbon. Strong and smooth with a lot of flavor. For the price it is hard to beat. I will get this again and would recommend this to anyone looking for a good less expensive everyday drinker.