Maker: Brown-Forman, Shively, Kentucky, USA
Proof: 90 (45% ABV)
Barrel: The Party Source #3521. Warehouse G, floor 5.
Price: $40 (The Party Source, obviously).
Appearance: Medium copper.
Nose: Alcohol, leather, almond extract, plum, cracked pink peppercorns, tarragon.
Palate: Plantain, strawberry jam, cinnamon, oak.
Finish: Fairly hot, fades into fruit and leather (not to be confused with fruit leather).
Mixed: Made great Manhattans and Boulevardiers.
Parting words: I thought I had reviewed the last Old Forester Single Barrel I purchased from The Party Source (TPS) but I haven’t been able to find that review so I’ll just have to go by memory. That bottle was the fruitiest bourbon I can remember having. It was jammy with a touch of oak, like a Michigan Pinot Noir. This bottle is much more balanced, and even more enjoyable. It’s fruit-forward, but backed up with power, spice and oak. It’s a good example of why one should never turn up one’s nose at a big store retailer pick, especially not a big store in Kentucky. Old Forester Single Barrel, TPS pick is highly recommended,