are many iconic American whiskey brands on the market. Old Forester
has the unique capacity to call itself the oldest continuously produced brand
and the first to be exclusively offered in sealed bottles. Yes, the distillery was
one of only six in the country allowed to continue operations during Prohibition.
Gavin Brown founded the brand in 1870. As a pharmaceutical
salesman, Brown understood the need to keep things people would ingest sterile.
He also knew there were shady characters who would add nasty things to barrels
of whiskey to stretch stocks and increase profits (which led to the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897). The solution was to prepackage his whiskey in sealed
teamed up with George
Forman (not the infamous prizefighter),
and their company was called Brown-Forman. When Forman passed away in 1901, Brown bought out
Forman’s half of the organization but retained the name. In 1917, when George died,
his son, Owsley, took the helm and kept the business growing.
Today, 153 years later, Brown-Forman is publicly traded, and the Chairman of
the Board is George
Gavin Brown IV.
The 117 Series of whiskies from Old Forester is their limited
edition label that debuted in the fall of 2021. The newest edition, just
released, is called Warehouse
“Warehouse H is symbolic of Old Forester’s growth after WWII. Construction on the brick warehouse began in 1946, housing 50,000 barrels. The four story, eight chamber warehouse was designed to be heat cycled in the winter months when temperatures dropped below 60 degrees and the maturation process ceased. Warehouse H is unusual in its heat cycling profile with the 1st floor sometimes hitting the highest temperatures.” – Old Forester
H Bourbon is made from the same mash as its other Bourbons: 72% corn, 18% rye,
and 10% malted barley. It goes into the barrel at 125°, sleeping the next
several years in #3-charred oak. Warehouse H is available at the distillery or
if you book a stay at Old Forester’s “The Sleepeasy,” a Prohibition-themed apartment
on Whiskey Row. A 375ml, 49% ABV (98°) package retails for $59.99.
must thank Old Forester for this opportunity to #DrinkCurious. The sample was sent
in exchange for my no-strings-attached, honest review. Let’s get to it, shall
Appearance: I sipped
this Bourbon neat from my Glencairn glass. Inside, the liquid presented as
cinnamon brown. It generated a thinner rim that released wide, wavy tears.
aroma consisted of lemon peel, cherry, plum, cinnamon powder, and toasted oak. The
cherry and plum notes stood out. A punch of caramel rolled through my mouth
when I drew that air inside.
Palate: Thick and
oily, the texture allowed me to concentrate on this Bourbon’s flavors. It began
with caramel, vanilla, and graham crackers. I found lemon and orange zests,
plum, and cherry as it moved to mid-palate. The back offered tastes of toasted
oak, chocolate, and clove.
remained throughout the finish, accompanied by vanilla, caramel, rye spice, and
oak. It warmed my mouth and throat and lasted several minutes.
Bottle, Bar, or Bust: Ignoring
a couple of Old Forester Birthday Bourbons I’ve tried over the years,
Warehouse H may be my favorite Old Forester I’ve sipped yet. I love 1920;
I have had some incredible Single Barrels, and this one eclipses them
all. It is a shame that this can’t be procured other than at the distillery
because I would love to pick up a Bottle for my whiskey library. If you
come across this, don’t pass it up. Cheers!
My Simple, Easy-to-Understand
- Bottle = Buy It
- Bar = Try It
- Bust = Leave It
you to enjoy your whiskey as you see fit but begs you do so responsibly.