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Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky Review

Last updated Oct 29, 2020 | Published Aug 2019

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by Matty Sims

#oldforester1910Details
Proof93°
ABV46.5%
AgeNon Age Stated (NAS)
Suggested MSRP$54.99
DistilleryBrown Forman
BrandOld Forester
First Barrel22 Second Char
Second BarrelOver 50 Second Char
ProsUnique, Mouthfeel, Complexity, Great to Pair with Cigars
ConsFinish Falls Short
Rating91
InventoryKeep Stocked

Old Forester 1910 is the last release in Old Forester’s Whiskey Row Series. This series began in 2014 and has resulted in four distinct whiskeys:

Each release spotlights a point of history in the Old Forester Distillery. “Old Forester has endured nearly 150 years of uninterrupted history and has survived prohibition, world wars and changing consumer tastes,” said Old Forester President Campbell Brown. “The Whiskey Row series is a great way for consumers to taste through Old Forester’s unique 148-year history.”

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Old Forester 1910 Distribution Update

1910 sold out its first release within sixty days outpacing their most popular release up to that date 1920.

According to Old Forester’s President Campbell Brown,

“Our best roadmap to understanding volume and demand has been to look at what our other [bourbons] have done. Historically, our 1920 has been the most successful. So for [the first release] we basically looked at how much we made when we rolled that out, and added 20 to 30 percent.”

“We sold out in 60 days and it didn’t even make it to every state in the US – it only made it to about 30 states. So there’s still a good portion of the US that’s never had it on their shelves.”

Brown continues:

“The issue here is that we had to be able to build the second barrel, and the second barrel is a different barrel than any of the other barrels we use for Old Forester. It requires that we reallocate a bunch of time at the cooperage to only make that barrel, and we need a lot of them. So its these various timelines that all need to be put in place, and it’s a lot more complicated to bring to market than a regular single barrel product or a blend of barrels.”

This is good news for bourbon lovers everywhere as it seems Old Forester is now prepared for the high demand and most hunters should be able to find a bottle.

Better news still? It’s hitting shelves tomorrow at the distillery tomorrow and stores nationwide thereafter.

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The 1910 Old Fine Whisky Mythos

In October 1910, a fire at the Old Forester distillery caused a stoppage on the bottling line but there was whiskey ready that would be lost.

So the story goes, that whiskey was barreled again in new charred oak barrels, and the first double barreled whiskey was born. Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Brown-Forman:

“There are often pieces of our brand’s history that we happen upon by accident. Years ago, while searching through archives, we discovered a case of bourbon with a label I hadn’t seen before. We uncovered that Very Old Fine Whisky not only carried a great story, but a previously unknown heritage of double-barreled expressions,”

Double Barrel Details

100 proof Old Forester whiskey enters the second barrel and, according to Master Taster Jackie Zykan,

“The second barrel is charred nearly to the point of incineration. This low entry proof allows more of the wood’s sugars to be dissolved into the whiskey, resulting in a smooth, sweet whisky with a clean, spicy finish – yielding an exceptional character.”

Brown Forman has mastered the art of double barreled whiskeys with offerings not only from Old Forester but also Woodford’s Double Oaked and Jack Daniel’s Gold No. 27 (both distilleries are part of the Forman family).

1910 Old Fine Whiskey Tasting Notes

In the Glass

Medium body. Thin droplets slowly rolling down the glencairn.

Color

Amber

Smell

Burnt sugar, molasses, heat dried wood, vanilla, candied pecans, tres leches, and stewed red fruits. I love the nose on 1910. It’s balanced and rich. The nose on this bourbon whiskey blooms with a few weeks open and gets better.

Taste

Caramel sweetness on top of the tongue blooms into red fruits. Toasted baking spices move along the side of your palate. Mid-palate I get leather and oatmeal.

Think burnt marshmallows. Meets your grandma’s baking. With a nightcap, in cigar bar on a worn leather couch.

Last, 1910 pairs well with almost any cigar especially holding up to big, bold tobacco because of the creamy mouthfeel and balanced flavors. I recommend pairing with something like RoMa Craft‘s Cromagnon.

Finish

It’s medium. Intense baking spice to start then drops off edge.

Verdict: The Bourbon Bard Silver (91 Rating)

1910 is a solid value. It’s a bourbon whiskey I keep stocked especially as a lover of fine cigars. I give the 1910 the slightest edge as my fav in the Old Forester Whiskey Row series (but on another day I might choose 1920). The complexity and uniqueness of the nose and taste make it a standout even with a finish that slightly under delivers.

Leave me your tasting notes in the comments below.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.

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