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Review: Old Forester Repeal Bourbon

August 29th, 2008

This bourbon will be released later this fall. This is my evaluation from a review sample sent to me in advance of the official release.  

Old Forester Repeal Bourbon, 50%, $25/375ml
There’s a more significant oak impact when compared to the standard Old Forester bourbons, which is evident by the polished leather, tobacco and dry resin notes (especially on the finish). There’s an attempt to balance all this wood with notes of dusty corn, coconut, mint, vanilla, juniper and dark berried fruit (blueberry, black raspberry, black cherry), but I don’t think it quite gets there. This bourbon is a nice change of pace (and I understand the reason behind this whiskey—to emulate bourbons from the era of when Prohibition was repealed), but I prefer the Old Forester “Signature” 100 proof to this bourbon. I’m happy drinking the whiskeys of today, thank you.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 79

2 Responses to “Review: Old Forester Repeal Bourbon”

  1. Sku says:

    Ouch. How did you score the 2007 OF Birthday Bourbon?

  2. John Hansell says:

    I loved it. I rated it a 96 and it was Malt Advocate’s American Whiskey of the Year for 2007.

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