Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky is a historical first and a historical last: the final bottle of the Whiskey Row series, and a totally new kind of bourbon for the brand. This newest (and apparently final) Whiskey Row bottle “1910 Old Fine Whisky” pays homage to a happy distilling accident back in, well, the year 1910. At 93 proof, Old Forester 1910 is definitely in at the right weight to challenge another Whiskey Row Series bottle for supremacy.
Nose: Oaky and lightly sweet. Rich caramel leads the way with an undertone of vanilla, fresh-baked cake, frosting, and a dab of sweet pecans. A light layer of rich oak rounds it out. It’s subtle yet easy to appreciate and foreshadows the rest of the sip. I found the nose continued to become more and more enjoyable as I let the pour sit in the glass. This is one bourbon that you’ll want to take your time with when drinking.
Palate: Old Forester 1910 delivers a nice, thick and chewy mouthfeel. The sugars from the char are really evident. The palate is sickly sweet with a heavy layer of burnt caramel and vanilla. Hidden deep beneath are dark berries along with toasted marshmallows. All of these flavors rest upon a layer of oak. It’s amazing how vicious the mouthfeel is. It’s not incredibly deep in terms of flavor range, however it’s extremely enjoyable.
Finish: While oak played a role in the nose and palate, oak is front and center in the finish. A dominating flavor of charred oak leads the charge and is intermingled with a light dose of caramel and vanilla. These sweeter flavors fade and are replaced with dry leather and light cigar box. These flavors linger for an unusually long time. It’s a satisfying finish and one that makes you realize how well this bourbon might pair with a cigar.