This American bourbon was doing craft cocktails long before they were cool
Craft cocktails are wildly popular these days, and there are quite a few bourbon aficionados out there who will tell you all about the “best” bourbon on the market — and the best way to drink it.
But none is quite like Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon. It not only helped usher in the first bourbon boom, but also has stood the test of time to take center stage in America’s current obsession with the spirit.
Old Forester has led the industry through the 20th and 21st centuries. A rich history — it is the only bourbon still available today to be distilled by its maker before, during, and after Prohibition — makes it all the more appealing to connoisseurs who appreciate the workmanship that goes into making every bottle.
Each Old Forester style is crafted in barrels that have been made exclusively for the bourbon brand. At the Brown-Forman Cooperage, coopers make barrels by hand, and the care that goes into each barrel helps create a consistency that Old Forester drinkers have come to know and love. The Brown-Forman Cooperage is the only cooperage making new barrels that is owned by a major whiskey distiller, and coopers take their job very seriously.
When you enjoy Classic Old Forester 86 Proof, you taste the difference. The bourbon has a sweet scent, with hints of tobacco leaf, vanilla, mint, and a touch of oak. On the tongue, it’s sharp at first and softens quickly, delighting the senses with spicy yet subtle vanilla and light orange notes. Finally, it finishes warm, with a gentle sweetness quite unlike any other.
Whether you enjoy Old Forester straight up, on the rocks, or in a Manhattan, Old Forester is sure to please. Here’s a Manhattan recipe from Old Forester Master Bourbon Specialist Jacquelyn Zykan:
- 2 ounces Old Forester Signature
- 0.75 ounce sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a cherry, and enjoy responsibly.
Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, 43-50% Alc. by Volume, Brown-Forman Distillers Company, Louisville, KY.
PLEASE SIP OLD FORESTER RESPONSIBLY.
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