Whiskey- Old Forester
Type- Bourbon, no age statement, 43% ABV
Appearance- Young Sauternes with thin fast-moving tears. No visible impurities.
Aroma- wafts of bubble gum hit the nose followed by heavy caramel. The nose dries up at this point and you are left with a limited and flat experience. Hints of cinnamon make a brief appearance with a touch of Maraschino cherries but it is too little to late.
Taste- unbalanced with alcohol overpowering the flavors. Charred oak makes a strong appearance and the whiskey is drier than the nose suggests. The mouth feel is light with an almost watery feel.
With Water- water helps this bourbon marginally. Some nut flavors come through but does nothing for the overall taste.
Finish- the acerbic/alcohol tone found in the taste continues into the finish dominating the flavor profile. There is also an overpowering “soda pop” taste to the finish almost as though the whiskey came from a mixed drink.
Verdict- Never Again
To date, the worst whiskey I have had. I really did not think there was such a thing as bad whiskey up to this point, but I have found it. This one just does not speak to me and did not offer me any redeeming qualities. I tried mixing it to help offset the bad experience but even as a mixer the cola and whiskey did not help each other. I do not like wasting whiskey and just could not bring myself to throw out the bottle so I reluctantly finished it, but never again. Luckily it was not that expensive. I am happy for the experience though, I now have a low bar to judge things by.
I just found your site and have enjoyed and learned from browsing and reading your notes on the drams I have tried. One idea stands out in your remarks on “Old Forester” however. You speak of your reluctance to throw out a bottle of whiskey. As I put it to my bourbon tasting buddy: We are not the kind of men who would give up on a bottle of booze just because it taste like crap.
All kidding aside, I do find your notes very informative and educational. Keep up the good work. By the way, have you done a tasting on Angels Envy yet. One of my favorite bourbons.
Thank you for your comments! As of yet I have not tried Angles Envy, but it is on my list. The bottle I currently own is in storage but with the recent changes at Angles Envy I am entertaining getting another bottle and giving it a go. I’ve heard nothing but good about it so I’m looking forward to trying!