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Old Forester Signature Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Old Forester is one of the great brands in bourbon distilling. From their special Birthday Bourbon, to their entry level, Old Forester Classic bourbon (86 proof), Old Forester's reputation for quality remains unmatched. At 100 proof (50% abv), Old Forester Signature comes in at a slightly stronger strength than Old Forester Classic, but this ensure that this great bourbon doesn't get watered down or lost when mixed with other ingredients. As it is, Old Forester Signature is simply the finest bourbon available under $20.


On the nose, Old Forester Signature packs a spicy punch, with cinnamon, nutmeg and oak notes overlaying nice vanilla and caramel aromas. Saddle leather, brown sugar and a hint of maple sugar round out the bouquet on this bourbon.

Body and Palate

Old Forester Signature does not make an age statement on its label, although as a Straight Bourbon, it is a minimum of two years old. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say that Signature averages around 4 years old. There is just enough body to this bourbon to gently coat the mouth, but not so much as to be thick and cloying.

On the palate, Old Forester Signature offers a veritable riot of flavors. Spicy cinnamon and nutmeg notes abound, appearing after an intial wave of vanilla and caramel flavors. Dried apple appears under a warm layer of clove and allspice. If you like a spicier, rye heavy bourbon, Old Forester is guaranteed to please.


On the finish, Old Forester Signature offers a complex and relatively long finish for a younger bourbon. English toffee, maple sugar and tobacco notes appear first before giving way to warm apple pie spice notes.

Old Forester Signature is truly one of the finest bourbons on the market, and at its price point is one of the greatest values in the world of whiskey. If you haven't tried Old Forester Signature bourbon, you are simply missing one of the worlds greatest bourbons.

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