Old Forester K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #3511 (5th Floor, Warehouse G) Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml) SKU #1327212


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Tasting Notes

This wild little cask was the most controversial during the tasting after walking through the historic distillery. In the dark corridors of the warehouse with the magnanimous Jackie Zykan, Brown-Forman's Master Taster, we thiefed samples direct from the cask. This barrel was an extreme outlier in terms of character and I could tell it bothered Jackie. When I dove into this special whiskey I immediately tagged it as being a winner. I was in love! The nose alone was enough to win me over. We'd stumbled on something special and I wasn't going to let it go. After seeing the incredible consistency the Old Forester warehouses were producing (that the dry concrete aging and steam heat tend to produce), I was excited to have something a bit different. Typically we expect big spicy nose and a sweet, soft finish on the OFs. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly why the flavors at Old Forester layer that way, but it seems to be ubiquitous across the offerings. As it turns out this cask was a leaker, which accounts for much of the unique profile. These low-yielding barrels see significantly more oxidation, and as long as they don't go bitter, we tend to love what happens to the bourbon. Here you've got a nose of dense black cherry, lacquer, sweet oak, sweet tarts, roasted coffee beans, and maple. The sweet cherry fruit is upfront with a vanilla cola note taking hold in the middle. The oak spice builds on the finish, taking hold from overt sweetness up front. An outlier for sure.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    When I was tasting this cask with Brown-Forman's Master Taster and Bourbon Specialist Jackie Zykan, this barrel stood out like a sore thumb...dipped in cherry cola! I was enamored, but she seemed concerned that it fell distinctly outside of the standard OF profile. Turns out this cask had been leaking, likely the reason for the out-of-the-norm aromatics. Despite her concern I was totally taken by this one. It had this wonderful nose of wood varnish and vanilla that reminded me of some of the old bourbons I've been lucky enough to taste. It's perhaps the old bottle effect being replicated in barrel as the massive loss means massive oxidation. But this stuff drinks like sweet tea and cherry cola and only reminds you it's bourbon on the way down where it grabs hold of you for a bit before softening up a few moments later. Only 108 bottles in this miniature, bizarre little cask of Old Forester.


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