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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Short, no real heat. Brown sugar, faint oak, some pepper and then its gone.
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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