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Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky (750ml)
Distilled at the Brown-Forman Shively Distillery from a mash bill of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley, this is the second expression in the Old Forester 'Whiskey Row Series'. According to the producers, “it's a lightly filtered old style, reminiscent of a 19th century bourbon, rich and bold in barrel character.” The “1897” in the name pays homage to the year the Bottled in Bond Act was passed, while the bourbon itself pays tribute to the historical Bottled in Bond bourbon Old Forester actually produced at the time of the Act. It's expected to be a permanent part of Brown-Forman's line up.
Other reviews... Takes time for the layering to harmonise, but given patience and warmth it gets there. Ultimately weighty with toasted yams and walnuts; sonorously rich on delivery, the corn oils really making a full impact from the first. Burnt fudge and toasty tannin stick like a limpet to the roof of the mouth. ; so chewy and deep, hefty molasses clinging to the overdone toast as perfected by my wonderful PA, Jane. The toast starts to slowly smoulder in a gorgeous bourbon that creeps up and mugs you. Surprsingly rich and just so lush. 50% Alc./Vol.
92.5 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2021
... A great nose, full and fruit-forward flavor profile, and an outstanding finish make this premium Bottled-in-Bond bourbon worthy of its tribute to the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897.... As the second release in Brown-Forman’s Whiskey Row series, it’s great to see quality again as we experienced with the first Whiskey Row release, 1870 Original Batch. The pricing also falls right in place with the first release for what we’re getting and the flavor profile shares enough similarity to relate the two, yet differs enough to justify this as a stand-alone bottling. For those who found 1870 Original Batch a little light but generally enjoyed it, the additional 10 proof points, fullness of flavor, and similar underlying dark fruit characteristics with this one are exactly what the doctor ordered. The flavor is quite enjoyable, and I can’t help but think a barrel proof version of this would be outstanding. Based on the flavor profiles of these first two releases in the Whiskey Row series, I’m somewhat expecting their fourth release, “1923” to be essentially that - it will be a 125 proof version of their original recipe. Until then, I will be thoroughly enjoying this 1897 Bottled In Bond edition. A fine whiskey indeed. - breakingbourbon.com