Old Forester K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #4093 (Warehouse H, Floor 5) Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1407690

Another stupendous cask from the excellent distillery in the Louisville adjacent neighborhood of Shively. The old facility is one of the most authentic, using several practices now eschewed by modern distillers, including a proper souring element and an old school thumper. The thumper is an unusual style of doubler (pot still component of bourbon distillation that takes the first run up to final proof) where the alcoholic steam from the beer striping run (column still) is injected directly into a pot of water. The steam heats the water to boiling and the resulting quick condensation creates a loud bang or thump. The whiskies are then aged in old patent warehouse for 4-6 seasons. They're very caged with the actual bottle ages here, but these are not the oldest whiskies on the shelf. They do see a number of seasons of steam heated aging in the winter time, which adds depth and softens the bourbons. All together the result is one of the most interesting and drinkable single barrel releases on the market. Expect a nose of stewed fruit, old exotic wood, wild flower honey and sweet maple syrup. The palate starts very soft and sweet with a warming spice that keeps it incredibly balanced and lifts this whiskey up for a long lingering finish of baking spice and roasted orchard fruit.


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By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2019 | Send Email
Sweet tobacco leaf on the nose with oak aged Luxardo cherries and oatmeal with brown sugar. The palate is smooth and approachable, definitely something I could sip on and then continue sipping on long into the night. Caramel apple and baking spices hit up front while sweet prunes round out the finish. A fun and easy sipper or even something to use if you're wanting a fancy Old Fashioned or Manhattan.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/25/2019 | Send Email
I don’t know if whisky is considered to showcase terroir, but when drinking this woodsy, caramel-laden single barrel release, you can’t help but feel its location in the warehouse. There’s a pleasant mustiness there, with notes of tobacco on the nose, which gives way to classic Bourbon brown sugar and velvety texture. Old Forester is one of my favorite selections for value and pure Kentucky character, and the price on this single barrel is unbelievable. Spice up your Old Fashioned!

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2019 | Send Email
The Old Forester single barrel selections are exceptional values. This barrel 4093 is no exception. The nose is pretty and inviting with a nice sweetness that has some very subtle savory and mushroom undertones. In the mouth it is soft and round but not too heavy. A touch of water opens this whiskey up making it seem slightly sweeter.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
A beautiful sweet cherry note sits on top of the bouquet of this whiskey. As you go deeper into the whiskey the layers of wood spice, dark cocoa powder, and caramelized sugar unfold. The palate is exceptionally soft and approachable, almost velvety in texture. One of the most easy drinking, yet fully flavored whiskies on our shelf at any price.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
Old Forester is finally starting to get the recognition as a brand that it really deserves. After years playing second fiddle to Jack and Woodford at Brown-Forman, the whisky brand that started it all is back in a serious way. They're Whisky Row series is picking up fans across the country and selling about as quickly as any of the other Special Releases from Buffalo Trace or Four Roses, but they instead of being completely unavailable, they're in stock with relative regularity and priced for drinkers not collectors. Their stalwart 100 proof remains one of the very best values in bourbon today, but it is these single barrels where the whisky truly shines. The nose here is a concoction of exotic wood, maple drizzled fruit compote, roasted vanilla and candied cherries. On the palate, surprisingly spicy with the sweetness only building at the very end. The finish is soft as can, but not boring and ends on a somewhat distinct chocolate covered cherry note. Zero bite, but not cloying. It really is incredible what they're able to do in the patent warehouse in 5-6 short years. I'd pay double to have this at cask strength, but this has guts enough to hold the attention of even the staunchest purist.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Bourbon

Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

Kentucky

Alcohol Content (%): 45