These days, it’s become common practice to revive old world traditions for the modern consumer. The Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Straight Bourbon Whiskey and the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story cigar are examples of products that offer a subtle nod to traditions of a bygone era.
During the time of Prohibition in the America (1920-1933), many distilleries were forced to cease production and were closed down – for good. One that survived the melee was Brown-Forman, the makers of Old Forester.
Brown Forman were among a very small handful of distilleries that were awarded dispensation rights to manufacture and sell whiskey for ‘medicinal purposes’.
Decades earlier, Old Forester was also the very first whiskey to be sold in a bottle in the US in the 1870s.
Today, the Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon reflects the type of whiskey that was being bottled by the company during this time of temperance.
At 115 Proof (57.5%abv), this straight bourbon exhibits aromas and flavors of cinnamon, vanilla custard, tobacco, banana, Thompson raisins and baking spices.
A long finish produces notes of chocolate, cedar and marshmallow, complete with a very coating mouthfeel and little unwanted residual heat.