Old Forester Statesman Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Old Forester Statesman

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  • Distiller:

    Brown-Forman

  • Bottler:

    Brown-Forman

  • ABV:

    47.5%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: For my palate, it lacks the power of Prohibition and the more interesting edges found in Signature.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: What really makes Statesman even more surprising is it's not a limited edition release or wallet-breaking either. It’s simply an easy-to-enjoy bourbon that beautifully showcases what Brown-Forman can produce.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Overall, the sweetness is well-tempered by cedar humidor, tea leaf, root beer spice, and berry fruit combining seamlessly on the palate. Well-balanced and easy sipping. Best neat.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: Like the agents of Kingsman and Statesman, though, there’s more lurking beneath the surface.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: Statesman is a very pleasant, relatively easy-drinking whiskey that provides a predominantly sweet profile that makes for a great entry point to the Old Forester lineup.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The clear marching order here is wood: The whiskey features a big, burly, char-heavy nose that is immediately redolent of classic Old Forester.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Old Forester Statesman is just fine. Honestly, in a world where 1920 exists for the same price, this is sort of disappointing. On it’s own, it’s totally fine bourbon, but it’s not blowing any socks off.
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  • Intro:

    Produced by blending barrels from the warmest parts of Old Forester's warehouses (presumably the top) this bottling from the company was produced to pay homage to the outrageous, yet entertaining, characters from the Kingsman franchise of films.

  • Nose:

    Sweet oak, some banana bread. Toasted peanuts, a bit of caramel. Not a ton going on here but its pleasant.

  • Taste:

    Sweet on the palate, a faint melon fruitiness. Honey, caramel, some bananas foster, a bit of vanilla bean. Sweet and pleasant, without much oak or heat.

  • Finish:

    Short to medium finish. Some heat, a bit of vanilla. Not a ton of character here.

  • Overall:

    Old Forester Statesman is just fine. Honestly, in a world where 1920 exists for the same price, this is sort of disappointing. On it’s own, it’s totally fine bourbon, but it’s not blowing any socks off.

  • Score:

    5

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