Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style is the third entry in the brand’s Whiskey Row series, following Old Forester 1870 and Old Forester 1897. The bourbon is an homage to the distillation of Old Forester during Prohibition as a medicinal whiskey. It is bottled 115 proof and available for about $60 a bottle. The 115 bottling proof featured here is what Brown-Forman calls vintage barrel strength.
The nose features deep aromas of medium brown sugar, caramelized cherries and apples, vanilla cream, pie crust, and oak spice. Taste-wise, Old Forester 1920 comes across as rich, with notes of spiced caramel, vanilla bean, chocolate covered almonds, and cinnamon sugar, followed by hints of white pepper and sweet corn mash. The finish is long and warm, with caramel and some drying oak spice.
Old Forester’s Whiskey Row series seems to get better with each release, and 1920 is no exception. This may just be my favorite regular bottling of Old Forester. It’s rich and intense, and priced just right at about $60. The high proof adds a slight brightness to the Old Forester flavor profile, while at the same time gives us a richer bourbon. Very well done. 8.5/10
Thanks to Brown-Forman for the sample! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.