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Old Forester 1897: Bottled In Bond

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  • Distiller:

    Brown-Forman

  • Bottler:

    Brown-Forman

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Almost astringent in the finish. If you like big oak, here it is, but forget balance.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Overall, this is a well-balanced bourbon with some complexity and an overall approachable character. There’s nothing unexpected here, which, it could be argued, is the whole point of the bonded label.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: It ends with a kick of heat, but it would be disappointing if it didn't.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: The flavor is quite enjoyable, and I can’t help but think a barrel proof version of this would be outstanding.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: It’s (already) not my favorite in the lineup, but as a look back to the past, it’s a worthwhile experiment.
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: While the 1897 bottling may live in the shadow of some of the other Whiskey Row labels, it is a good whiskey in its own right. This pour is a downright classic bourbon profile plus some classic Brown-Forman banana, which is a good thing for me, but maybe a deal-breaker for others.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: 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.
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  • Intro:

    This is a bottled in bond release from Brown Forman in their vintage dated line of expressions. They dont say a lot about it, so I am curious if this differes significantly from Old Forester Signature.

  • 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 its 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.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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