Maker: Brown-Forman, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Proof: 95 (47.5% ABV)
Michigan state minimum: $55
Appearance: Medium copper.
Nose: Peanut brittle, toffee, tarragon.
Palate: Caramel, date, fig, five spice powder.
Finish: Hot and sweet with tarragon.
Parting words: The Statesman was intended to be a limited release to promote the film The Kingsmen: The Golden Circle in 2017. The movie got mixed reviews, but the bourbon was popular so they kept it around.
It’s richer and spicier than the 86 and 100 proof Old Forester expressions and it occupies a place at the top of the price range of the main Old Forester line, ten dollars above Old Forester Single Barrel. It pushes a bit on its $55 price, but it’s full-flavored and good for sipping or high-end mixing with nothing unpleasant at all. It does get a little thin if it hangs around too long in the bottle, but drink it before it gets to that point and it’s not a problem. Old Forester: The Statesman is recommended.