Old Forester Signature Background
Old Forester Signature is a part of a line of Old Forester products from Brown-Forman. There’s the Old Forester Classic, Old Forester Signature, and an annually released Old Forester Birthday. Old Forester is credited as the longest surviving Bourbon brand, going all the way back to 1870.
Old Forester was noted as being one of the first Bourbons sold as sealed container. Typically whiskey was sold by the barrel and then dispensed into decanters for retail. The containers could then be diluted to various degrees of quality. George Garvin Brown was a pharmaceuticals salesman and partnered with his brother JTS Brown to begin buying Bourbon and packaging it in sealed bottles. By selling sealed glass bottles, Old Forester offered a higher certainty of quality. In fact, it was claimed to be the favorite choice of pharmacists. As a result, the name Old Forester is named after a pharmacists Dr. Forrester.
No Age Statement. Bottled at 50%. Mash bill of 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% barley. Paid $23
Roasted, Caramel, Vanilla. Dark fruits of raisins and figs. Charred oak
Sweet and toffee. Some blurt flavors. Buttery. Nutty. Charred oak. a little alcohol warmth. A touch of water dials downy he burnt here a bit. Some drying astringency in the finish.
Old Forester Signature has me rethinking my Woodford Reserve review. The similarities here are evident, but a good chunk of change cheaper. I tasted these side by side and I’m leaning towards Old Forester Signature. Woodford Reserve has some sourness that’s a bit off putting . Old Forester Signature also has a higher proof and seems to hold up well enough to some water to fix some of its warts (to me) without giving up much. I feel Woodford Reserve is softer and more drinkable while Old Forester Signature has a little bite and sharpness giving it some character.
Old Forester Signature is rich and satisfying with some assertive roasted and burnt sugar flavors. Also has some nice sweetness to stand up to these flavors.
Pricing on this is great. Lots of flavor and nice strong proof at a lower shelf price. If you’re drinking Woodford Reserve, you should check this one out. In fact, it might be your new favorite.
Buy Again – 4.0/5.0 Rating
(My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations.)
Buying Options and Further Research
I talked plenty about Woodford Reserve, so there’s that. Old Forester Signature is standard Bourbon with some quality competition near its price. If you’re looking for something similar check out Elijah Craig 12 Year. That has nice barrel character similar to Old Forester Signature. Another standard Bourbon option is Wild Turkey 101 and Jim Beam Black.