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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Old Forester Announces 1924

Old Forester® announces the newest release in its coveted and award-winning Whiskey Row Series – 1924. This 10-year-old age-stated bourbon is 100 proof and comprises a new mash bill for the brand.

Available nationwide, this marks the fifth installment in the Whiskey Row Series. Rather than the traditional Old Forester recipe (72% corn; 18% rye and 10% malted barley), 1924 debuts a new mash bill (79% corn; 11% rye and 10% malted barley).

During Prohibition, more than 200 distilleries in Kentucky alone were forced to close. Old Forester, however, continued operations because the federal government issued it one of six permits to bottle existing whiskey stocks as medicine. In 1924, Old Forester acquired barrels from closed distillers, with different mash bills, and bottled that liquid as Old Forester. This special release commemorates that moment in time.

This release honors the 100th anniversary of that whiskey innovation. Old Forester is the only bourbon brand produced before, during and after Prohibition.

"We are honored to commemorate this historical milestone with a new featured mash bill and a beautiful 10-year age statement," Master Taster Melissa Rift said. "It allows whisky lovers to taste just how dynamic our brand can be while staying rooted in our rich history."

The Whiskey Row series now includes:

  • 1870 Original Batch
  • 1897 Bottled in Bond
  • 1910 Old Fine Whisky
  • 1920 Prohibition Style
  • 1924 10-year-old

Each highlights a distinguishable moment in the brand's 153-year history garnering its place in the series and standing among Old Forester's legacy. 

Taste notes:

Color: Dark graham cracker.

Aroma: Soft notes of fudge, cocoa, marzipan, and cured tobacco layered over hints of rich oak and warm cinnamon.

Flavor: Chocolate-covered graham cracker dusted with cinnamon.

Finish: Hints of spice and graham cracker crumbles.

Old Forester 1924 is 50% ABV (100-proof) and is available nationwide starting today at participating retailers and at Old Forester Distilling Co. for $115.

My Take

Super excited for this release. I've heard nothing but good things about the higher-end Old Forester expressions and this new one should be another good one to try. The price is a bit steep so this is for special occasions, but this is one I'll be picking up at my next milestone. 

What do you think? Drop a note in the comments below. 

Source: Old Forester (Brown-Forman)

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