So here we go. Some rights reserved. To reiterate one last time – Old Forester 86 Proof Bourbon is alright, but it’s not for me. Finish: Medium length. I lament that Virgin 7 Year Bourbon was discontinued in mid-2019 because that was the one sub-$20 bourbon to rule them all. It’s not a complex or interesting bourbon, but it’s also decently enjoyable. Whiskey number two is super enjoyable in a holistic way. Let’s see how this “gateway” bourbon holds up in this Buffalo Trace review. It’s still not great, but it’s also not so bad for a $20ish bourbon, although I still prefer Evan Williams Bottled in Bond at around the same price. It does its job and goes home. I haven’t had basic Old Forester for years, but turns out Old Forester 86 Proof Bourbon is more interesting than I expected. With “chewing”, the finish becomes a little more oaky, dry, and sweet all at the same time with honey, toasted grains, vanilla, sliced apple, and citrus. It’s pretty clear to me that the bourbon is relatively young, but I’m finding a somewhat fragrant and flavorful, yet light, mix of sugars, fruits, oak, wood spice, and that Brown Forman banana note usually found in Jack Daniel’s. Make your guesses and check back next time to see who comes out on top. It definitely smells young and is generally light, but it’s not all that bad. Which ultimately is what decided this one. After a minute or so I get some roasted banana, dried citrus, licorice, and mint. Beam-Suntory Old Grand-Dad Bottled-in-Bond. There’s not much more to say than that, so let’s find out how this bourbon performs in this Old Forester 86 Proof Bourbon review. Buffalo Trace put up a good fight in this one, but the Old Forester brought the heat and that made the experience more enjoyable. First up: the Pride of Louisville, the first Bottled Bourbon, let’s welcome to the stage: Old Forester 100 proof! Want to support BourbonGuy.com? Tonight we finish Round 1 of the 2020 BourbonGuy.com Bottom Shelf Brackets. It, like Eagle Rare 10, is made from the lower-rye content mash #1, and variance, apart from proof, primarily coming from barrel selection. It's not bad, it's not fantastic. To be honest, it could be a lot worse so I’ll take it. Tonight’s competition is between Division 2 Number 2 seed Old Forester 100 proof and Number 3 seed Buffalo Trace. That and I have been searching for an under $20 bourbon for cocktails. I did not try the 86 proof Old Forester, but I am impressed with the 100 proof. The first is that the 46 is aged longer which mellows it out more while adding more …, Booker's Small Batch Bourbon is my favorite product Jim Beam puts out. A small-batch cask strength bourbon that comes from barrels originally selected…, 2006 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Review, 2015 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Review, Old Forester Bottled In Bond (1957) Review, Old Forester Signature Review (100 Proof) - The Whiskey Jug, Old Forester Signature Review (100 Proof) ‹ Site Name, Whiskey Review: Old Forester Bourbon - The Quasify Life. We also have new stickers and, as always, we have tasting journals. So whiskey two is the winner here. Im going to also review Old forester 1920. Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Year Review, 2020 Bomberger’s Declaration Bourbon Review, Gentleman Jack vs Elijah Craig Small Batch Comparison, Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon Review, Potomac Wine and Spirits WhistlePig 10 Year Single Barrel Rye Review, Maker’s Mark Private Select Bourbon Review, Kavalan Single Sherry Cask The Whisky World Review, Kooper Family Prodigal Son Bourbon Review. And their opponent is the Pride of Frankfort. In that competition, Old Forester … In my past blind tastings, Old … By a strange coincidence, this is a repeat matchup of last year. Old Grand-Dad was a contender for Best Everyday Bourbon. Tonight we finish Round 1 of the 2020 BourbonGuy.com Bottom Shelf Brackets. Old Forester 86 Proof Bourbon starts off with roasted caramel, apple, vanilla, and citrus with toasted oak and cinnamon that follow close behind. By a strange coincidence, this is a repeat matchup of last year. Thanks! Almond, cinnamon. I didn’t expect that Jack Daniel’s trait to carry over to Old Forester, but I’m starting to realize that it’s a Brown Forman thing. Overall, Old Forester 86 Proof is gentle but not completely lacking in character; or to put it in other words, it’s ok, not bad. Proof: 100. At 86 proof, Old Forester delivers a genuine bourbon experience, with rich, full flavor and a smooth character that is ideal for sipping neat, on the rocks, with a splash of water or in a classic cocktail.”. 7 and Gentleman Jack. Please note: The hard, $15 cut-off means certain mid-shelf brands such as Old Forester (86 proof) or Four Roses Yellow Label missed the tasting, as … Old Forester Bourbon 86 Proof is a shelf staple offered by Brown Forman, the company well known for Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniel’s. As to be expected, there isn’t much heat either. The finish initially is light with honey, toasted grains, licorice, and citrus; and after a minute I start to get hints of banana. It is solely supported by the sale of the hand-made products and bourbon-related craft supplies I sell at the BourbonGuy Gifts store. Nose: Dried mint leaves, vanilla sugar, cinnamon. If you'd like to support BourbonGuy.com, visit BourbonGuyGifts.com. Mouth: Almond, cinnamon, clove, hint of orange. Is Woodford Reserve a longer aged version? There are 2 main differences between Maker's 46 and Maker's Mark. Except where otherwise noted, this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported license. After “chewing” I taste a moderate amount of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, banana, toasted oak, cinnamon, citrus, and baked apples. Let’s see if my taste buds (and the producers) are at all consistent from year to year. Buffalo Trace is the namesake bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery. I like the flavor of whiskey one better and if it had the heat of whiskey two, it would be the clear winner. Composition: 72% corn, 18% rye, 10% malted barley, Color: 1.1/2.0 on the color scale (burnished), “Created in 1870, Old Forester is the only bourbon continuously distilled and marketed by the founding family before, during and after Prohibition. Please support me on Patreon! To close out this relatively brief conclusion, Old Forester Bourbon 86 Proof is a decent bourbon that isn’t going to blow anyone away, but it’s also not bland or offensive so it’s easy enough to drink without issue. 80 to me is a number that represents a perfectly fine whisky. Finish: Longer side of medium. Please visit BourbonGuyGifts.com today! Alas, it is seemingly extinct. That happened to be Buffalo Trace which will get a score of 80. We strive to have a clean competition so these were tasted blind in the following order. Sign up with your email address to receive an email notification when a new article publishes. After swirling I smell the same combination of roasted caramel, smoked grain and oak, and crème brulee followed by dried citrus, apple, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and a little roasted banana / plantain. Tasting notes are from before the reveal and may be a little unusual since they were being tasted at the same time and may influence one another. Proudly spouting nonsense, with an occasional dash of knowledge, since 2012, Bottom-Shelf Brackets 2020: Round 1: Buffalo Trace vs. Old Forester 100 proof, ← Bottom-Shelf Brackets 2020: The Championship Rounds, Bottom-Shelf Brackets 2020: Round 1: Elijah Craig vs. Maker's Mark →.
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