Review #3: Old Forester 1920
By - MaltedRye
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1920 is my favorite offering of the Whiskey Row series, although I'll admit that 1910 and 1920 taste fantastic poured together in equal portions. These are my notes on 1920. Cheers!
Old Forrester 1920
Distiller: Old Forrester Distilling Co., Louisville, KY
Mashbill: 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley (sour mash)
Barrel entry proof: 125
Barrel type: char #4 new American oak (proprietary cooperage)
Bottled ABV: 57.5% (imitation of barrel proof in 1920)
Age: 4+ years
Supplier Notes: “This whiskey is distilled by us only, and we are responsible for it's richness and fine quality. It's elegant flavor is solely due to original finesse developed with care. There is nothing better in the market."
Retailer: Wholesale Wine and Spirits, Sumter, SC
Color: dark amber
Nose: brown sugar, toasted bread with jam, hint of banana and oak
Taste: chocolate chess pie; dark chocolate cherry cordial; light oak, pepper, and nutmeg
Finish: long, with plenty to think about
Favorite part of the pour: the complexity of the dessert notes during the mid to back palate
Rating (t8ke Scoring Scale): 7
Value opinion (skip, bar, bottle): bottle
I call equal parts 1910 & 1920 = 1915.
Yes! Easy way to remember it. I saw an article last year in Whiskey Advocate of an interview with Jackie Zykan of Old Fo. She mentioned the 1915, and I thought it was a gimmick just to sell more bottles. After tasting, I realized that it doesn't matter if it is a gimmick, it's delicious
Picked up a bottle of this recently at a great price from walmart of all places, such a good bourbon and super easy to find
I agree, the availability of quality bourbon like this keeps me from chasing unicorn bottles. If I see birthday bourbon on a shelf at a reputable restaurant or lounge, I'll take a pour, but at home, 1920 is just fine for me
So true. Thoughts on whether this starts to become hard to find? I’d say when I’m at a store and there is a bottle(s) of the OF prohibition line missing it’s often 1920.
I am increasingly seeing the same empty spot on shelves here in SC (and NC, although I hear it may be a broader supply management issue there), as well as some noticeable price creep in some locations that have it in stock. I don't want to sound the alarm yet, but I am worried that, at this rate, we all may be talking about how much we miss the days of being able to walk into the closest retailer and grab a 1920.
I only had enough 1920 for a half pour last night until I remembered the 1915 pour I had read about on here. I found my new unopened bottle of 1910 and the evening was saved.
That is a little bit of bourbon magic. Cheers!