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Old Forester King Ranch

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  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: This will appeal to folks who prefer their bourbon on the spicier, less viscous side but don’t want to commit fully to rye.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: For being so complex on the nose, the palate and finish grow increasingly one-noted.
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  • Intro:

    This is a Texas-exclusive bourbon collaboration between Old Forester and King Ranch, the largest ranch in the U.S. This is a blend of Old Forester whiskey aged in heavily charred barrels and filtered charcoal created from mesquite trees harvested from King Ranch.

  • Nose:

    Rally fascinating nose. It reminds me of cotton candy, peach rings, banana bread and a dash of barrel char. Light and fruity but not in a youthful way — there's plenty of oak — but in a genuine fruit-forward bourbon kind of way.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouthfeel, it's banana bread all day long with a touch of extra char. Interesting vanilla bean and honey note as well. Everywhere you turn, though, it's banana and char, banana and char. There's a nice oakiness that's not overbearing, which is unusual given how much char is coming through with the banana.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, more char than banana.

  • Overall:

    For being so complex on the nose, the palate and finish grow increasingly one-noted. This isn't bad by any stretch, but I suspect it will be polarizing save for a narrow band of bourbon drinkers. I am thankful it's similar to Longbranch (from Wild Turkey) but with some real character, depth and flavor for bourbon lovers. That said... if you don't like banana ... steer clear.

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