Old Forester Bonded
Added on Thursday, Jun 4, 2009 at 02:14 PM
  Bottler: Brown-Forman
  Age: 4 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $23 Availability: Wide
Member Ratings and Notes
Nose is sharp and acrid, very pungent -- solvent, glue, caramel, cedar, and skunk.  One it's opened up a bit, maple syrup becomes very strong.  Palate is dry with notable oak and restrained sweetness wrapped around a chewy, bourbony center.  Lots of tea here too.  Finish is long and continues the theme with heat.  This has strong similarities to the "Tree of Life" decanter we've reviewed elsewhere on the site.  The complexity and tannins here won't be for everyone, but I like this quite a bit. 
N: Cinnamon sticks, orange marmalade, nutmeg, Elmer's glue.  A very rich nose.  Promises much.
P: And it delivers.  Very big and chewy, hazelnut coffee and sweet dessert notes.  
F: Finally a little rye appears in the finish, masked until now by the other dominant flavors.
This is a big bourbon and tastes much older than 4 years to me. 
Wood polish and vanilla make up the nose.  Thin on the palate but kinds of waxy (licorice).  I found this to be very evaporative with a bit of rye spice emerges in the finish. 
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