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Old Forester 86pf

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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The finish is of medium length with burnt sugars coming to the front.
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  • Raided Score: 79
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: This whiskey is a decent value, though there’s nothing particularly interesting about it. I find the candy/syrup note off-putting, but it’s still a fine bourbon for mixing or casual sipping.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Long dry finish that starts out with a very woody rye and caramel syrup that fades to bourbon spice
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  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Its final moments are saved with hints of cinnamon. Good value bourbon.
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  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: There isnt much to say because theres hardly a finish at all
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  • Nose:

    Maple syrup and loads of molasses, banana bread, brown sugar, pound cake, pancakes and clove. Very sweet forward.

  • Taste:

    Thin and disappearing boldness. Astringency is king here with some light sugary sweetness and a mild banana bread note. The nose was painting a nice picture and the palate dropped the brush.

  • Finish:

    Where did it go? Theres almost nothing here and my notes say "short and lame". Thats it. There isnt much to say because theres hardly a finish at all. Im left with a funky astringent after taste and thats about it.

  • Overall:

    What started surprisingly well quickly became a trainwreck. I was really looking forward to the dram after the nose because it was actually pretty good. It smelled like Saturday morning pancakes. And then it went down hill from there. Disappointing overall and this is definitely a well bourbon on my rack now. I'm rating this dram a 3 because it is downright bad. There are enough holes here to make this bottle look like swiss cheese and while I've had much worse, I've also had far, far better. This dram sits with other bottles like Auchentoshan Triple Wood, Jim Beam White Label, Wieser Uuahouua and Journeyman Buggy Whip. There's not a lot to say here but if this is on the shelf next to Signature or basically any other bourbon, you might do well to reach for that instead.

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