Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond 50% ABV

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Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond is crafted to honor a watershed moment in bourbon history – the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. This expression follows the Bottled in Bond standards that whisky must be aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years, the product of one distillation season, one distiller and from one distillery and bottled at 100 Proof. The concept behind these regulations – the idea of ‘sealed in quality’ – was something Old Forester introduced in 1870, as America’s First Bottled Bourbon.

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Appearance

I’d say this is a touch darker than the 1870 bottling, so just a shade darker than mid gold. Again a nice thick swirl line and medium thick legs.#TheWhiskeyChaps

Nose

I initially thought this was sweeter on the nose, perhaps it is, and there’s definitely a perfume feel about it, and quite floral for me. Again I’m getting the faint sulphur note I got in the 1870, it’s very faint but in there. #TheWhiskeyChaps

I’m getting blackcurrants now perhaps a dark fruit strudel with vanilla custard, nice and hot. There’s orange zest here too, and t is sweetening up more with time now #TheWhiskeyChaps

Palate

Now the palate is definitely sweeter, it’s also quite the spice bomb too 🥵. So many sweet fruits here, a bag of Starburst sweets mixed with cinnamon gobstoppers, ginger root, blackcurrants, grapefruit sand cranberries, and a little drying.#TheWhiskeyChaps

Finish

Longer than the 1870, long side of medium, but the spices really do linger with this one, becoming chest warming rather than spice bomb, very nice. #TheWhiskeyChaps

My thoughts

Yes i really enjoyed this one, a step up from the 1870 for me, more flavour, more depth, better married also in my humble opinion. A real mix of fruit sweetness and spices, it works rather well. @whiskeychap said it was more “complete”, and i have to agree with him to be honest. It’s a super dram that i’d definitely have a bottle of in my cupboard.


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