Old Forester debuts 1910 Extra Old Bourbon

Brown-Forman has expanded its Old Forester range with the release of a limited edition whiskey matured in a heavily charred barrel for 18 months.

The new 1910 Extra Old is the third instalment in the brand’s limited edition 117 Series, which was unveiled in spring 2021.

To create the new expression, Old Forester has aged its 1910 Old Fine Whiskey in a secondary barrel for 18 months. The additional ageing results in a Bourbon with intense caramel notes.

On the nose, the whiskey offers hints of dark brown sugar, sugared pecan and rich chocolate. The palate leads to caramel and the spice of dried tobacco, followed by a finish of green apple and raw walnut.

“This release in The 117 Series is a curious exploration into the intensity of the proprietary heavily charred 1910 barrel,” master taster Jackie Zykan explained.

“This liquid was allowed to rest for 18 months in this secondary barrel, extracting significantly more of the heavily charred influence.”

The original 1910 whiskey celebrates the moment when a fire on the bottling line halted the production of Old Forester. As such, matured whiskey that was ready to be bottled was placed in a second barrel, resulting in the creation of a new expression ­­– Old Fine Whiskey.

The 46.5% ABV whiskey is available to buy in limited quantities from the retail store at Old Forester Distilling Co in Louisville, Kentucky, and in select states for US$49.99.

Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman delivered a 9% increase in net sales in the first half of fiscal 2022, with a boost from premium Bourbon and Tequila.

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