The opening of the new Old Forester Distillery on Whiskey Row in Louisville, Kentucky may have been delayed by a massive fire in a nearby building but, the Old Forester Whiskey Row releases are happening now. The company has announced the third release of the Whiskey Row Series – 1920 Prohibition Style, 115 proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Old Forester says The Whiskey Row Series, first launched in 2014, invites bourbon lovers to taste their way through bourbon history with each unique expression. The series highlights Old Forester’s significant milestones and production innovations with each release.
Whiskey Row Series
- Old Forester 1870 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Original Batch, 90 Proof
- Old Forester 1897 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Bottle in Bond, 100 Proof
- Old Forester 1920 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Prohibition Style, 115 Proof
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This latest release, 1920 Prohibition Style celebrates the brand’s continued distillation during Prohibition. For 13 years, the Eighteenth Amendment strictly prohibited the production, transport and sale of alcohol. However, the Volstead Act of 1920 granted limited permits to produce medicinal whiskey during Prohibition. It was one of those ten permits allotted nationally that allowed Old Forester to continue distilling on Louisville’s infamous Whiskey Row, making it the only bourbon continually distilled by the same family before, during and after Prohibition.
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“If you had a prescription for whiskey during prohibition, you could likely get your hands on a bottle of Old Forester Bonded Bourbon. If you had friends in the business during Prohibition, you could get your hands on some whiskey straight from the barrel,” said Jackie Zykan, Old Forester Master Bourbon Specialist. “Whiskey Row 1920 is an insider’s sip, an expression of vintage barrel strength, with a perfect palate of warm autumn nuances.”
Campbell Brown, Old Forester President and fifth generation Brown family member said, “In crafting 1920, we were able to spend time thinking about the legacy of Owsley Brown I and what was an incredibly unique era in our country’s history – Prohibition. 1920 Prohibition Style is our toast to the innovative and enduring spirit of Old Forester.”
Here are the tasting Notes from the Master Distiller Chris Morris and Master Bourbon Specialist Jackie Zykan.
Color: Rich, chestnut red.
Aroma: An intense medley of cherry preserves, drippy caramel, dark chocolate, thickened maple syrup and seasoned oak spiciness.
Flavor: Dark caramel coats layers of malt nuttiness and sweet graham cracker all warmed by green peppercorn and coriander spice brightened with a hint of cedar.
Finish: Tart apple crispness gives way to a long smoky finish full of toasted marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker sweetness.
This latest Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Whiskey Row release is expected to be available this September nationally with a suggested retail price of $59.99 for a 750 ml.
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