What is the Old Forester Whiskey Row Series? This unique series highlights bourbon history’s significant milestones and production innovations through the release of tailored expressions. What is Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond? Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond is the second expression in The Old Forester Whiskey Row Series and honors the passage of The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 by following the guidelines of that law. To be labeled Bottled-in-Bond, the whisky had to be:
From one distillation season (6 months)
From one distiller
From one distillery
Matured in government supervised, federally-bonded warehouses
Aged at least four years
Bottled at 100 proof
In addition, Old Forester 1897 will be lightly filtered to honor the filtration techniques of the industry at that time. How will this be different than Old Forester Signature? Old Forester Signature is a 100 proof product made with select barrels of Old Forester resulting in a rich and robust flavor profile. Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond will be different in the following ways:
Super-Premium package cues with a parchment paper label, a thick glass base, and a cork finish
It will be a small batch product (Less than 100 barrels per batch)
All product will come from one distillation season (6 months)
Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond follows all government requirements from the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897
It will be lightly filtered
These differences result in a unique flavor profile
Color: A rich reddish-brown.
Aroma: Robust, intense caramel. Rich vanilla with roasted coffee notes, spiced dark fruit and mature oak.
Flavor: Mouth-filling. Sweet and intense. Deep fruit, spice and oak notes layered over dark caramel and vanilla.