Review #1009 – Old Forester 1897: Bottled in Bond

Review #1009 | Bourbon Review #523 – Old Forester 1897: Bottled In Bond

The Schtick: This is a bottled in bond release from Brown Forman in their vintage dated line of expressions. They don’t say a lot about it, so I am curious if this differs significantly from Old Forester Signature.

Distiller: Brown Forman

Bottler: Brown Forman

ABV: 50% ABV

Age: NAS

Nose: Honey, caramel, bananas, faint oak. Not super rich, but not flat, either. This also smells young and fruity – musty and really loaded with banana bread notes.

Taste: Young and musty. Wet cardboard. Honey, brown sugar. Some pepper and tobacco. Lots of signature Old Forester banana. Good mouth feel, but a good bit of heat is the cost.

Finish: Short, no real heat. Brown sugar, faint oak, some pepper and then it’s gone.

Overall: Again, not bad, but definitely not remarkable. I prefer Old Forester Signature over this, as I think it has a bit more age despite all of the marketing going on here. This was rough and young tasting, for sure.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 4

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