Old Forester has announced the fourth and final expression in the Whiskey Row Series: the double-barreled 1910 Old Fine Whisky.
The name alludes to October 1910, when a fire caused the Old Forester bottling line to be shut down. Complicating matters, there was a vat of mature whisky waiting to be bottled. Otherwise facing ruin, this whisky was instead stored in new, charred oak containers until the line was running again. The resulting product, the first documented double-barreled whisky according to the company, was different from Old Forester and became a new expression – Very Old Fine Whiskey.
Mimicking this bottling, Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky underwent a second barreling in a lightly toasted, heavily charred barrel. The resulting expressed is presented at 93 proof and will hit shelves nationally this October, with a suggested retail price of $54.99 for a 750-ml.
Aromas include buttercream, sticky toffee, cedar and apricot, according to the company, with flavors of oatmeal raisin cookie and milk chocolate, leading into caramel corn and evolving spice. The finish is charred oak leading into spice.
First launched in 2014, the Whiskey Row series tells the story of Old Forester’s history, highlighting milestones and production innovations along the way. The series includes 1870 Original Batch, 1897 Bottled in Bond and 1920 Prohibition Style.