Old Forester Unveils The 117 Series — Whiskey Row Fire
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Old Forester’s Latest Bourbon Commemorates 7th Anniversary of Louisville’s Whiskey Row Fire and the Firefighters Who ‘Risked Their Lives and Saved the Block’

Whiskey Row Fire

Old Forester has unveiled the latest addition to its 117 series: Old Forester 117 Series — Whiskey Row Fire. (Photo: Brown-Forman)

Brown-Forman-owned Old Forester Distilling Co. on Thursday announced the latest addition to its 117 Series: Whiskey Row Fire. The bottle honors the seventh anniversary of the fire on Louisville’s Whiskey Row that nearly destroyed the historic block, which is home to the Old Forester Distillery.

“I remember that day and that fire vividly,” Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick said in a news release. “We are extremely proud of our brave firefighters who risked their lives and saved the block.”

The disaster occurred July 7, 2015. Teams of Louisville first responders were able to contain and extinguish the fire. The block is now home to restaurants, bars a hotel and more and has become a tourist destination.

Old Forester Whiskey Row Fire is bottled at 100 proof and is available at the retail shop at Old Forester Distilling Co. for $59.99 in limited quantities.

In 2020, men and women of Louisville Fire, many of whom fought the blaze, selected eight single barrels from a lot filled on the day of the fire. All eight barrels sold out in two days. Proceeds were donated to the Louisville Firefighter Disaster Fund. The remainder of the barrels filled that day were aged an additional two years and are now batched together to create the 117 Series – Fireman Barrels.

On Thursday, Frederick and Louisville Fire Department members toured the Old Forester Distillery. Old Forester also announced it is donating to the Louisville Fire Department to help firefighters who are in distress.

The 117 Series is a limited-expression lineup that debuted in Spring 2021.

Old Forester 117 Series — Whiskey Row Fire Tasting Notes

Color: Dark orange brown
Nose: Sweet notes of honey comb, malt and marzipan mingle with delicate cedar and fresh oak notes atop cherries laced with vanilla cream.
Taste: Brown sugar, marzipan, vanilla and honey sweeten a mix of berry fruit.
Finish: Long notes of honey and vanilla linger with a touch of fruit.

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David Morrow is the managing editor of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.