Old Forester Bourbon Whisky has released their second extension of the Old Forester Whiskey Row Series, specially crafted to honor the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897.
Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond is a tribute to a watershed moment in bourbon history, the company says. To be labeled as Bottled in Bond, whiskey must have been the product of one distillation season, one distiller and from one distillery. It must have been aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years and bottled at full 100 proof.
Old Forester Bourbon Whisky, America’s longest continuously produced bourbon, introduced the concept of ‘sealed-in quality’ back in 1870 as the first bottled bourbon, the company says.
The Old Forester Whiskey Row Series highlights the spirit’s milestones and production innovations with each release, according to the company. From the first batched bourbon to a post-prohibition era style bourbon, the series will allow consumers to sip Old Forester as it was enjoyed in the late 1800’s through the mid-1920’s.
To emulate founder George Garvin Brown’s techniques, this lightly filtered small batch expression leads to bold flavors in the 100 proof bourbon, mirroring production techniques of the 1897 time period.
With a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 750-ml, Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond will roll out in 20 select markets around the country with a national release planned for September.
It has a reddish-brown color, with an aroma of robust caramel. The tasting notes are vanilla with roasted coffee, spiced dark fruit and mature oak, the company says, with a mouth-filling flavor of deep fruit, and spice and oak notes layered over dark caramel and vanilla.