Taste What ‘Legal’ Bourbon Was Like During Prohibition

Old Forester’s latest entry in their limited Whiskey Row series honors a very strange time in bourbon-making history.


Old Forester’s third entry into it’s limited Whiskey Row series pays homage to the brand’s legal, continued distilling during the 13 years of Prohibition in the early 20th century. Yes, you read that right. It’s a little known fact that 10 permits were actually granted to distillers after the Volstead Act of 1920 (which triggered Prohibition) to continue to produce “medicinal whiskey.” Old Forester was one of the groups, and the brand’s latest release is designed to mirror the direct-from-the-barrel spirits produced in that window.

As a result, it clocks in at a robust 115 proof, making it easily more potent than earlier 90 and 100 proof entries in the series. Its tasting notes are also described on the press release as “cherry preserves, caramel, dark chocolate, maple syrup and seasoned oak spiciness, with flavors of malt, graham cracker, green peppercorn, coriander and cedar, and a finish of tart apple, smoky toasted marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker,” which seems quite appropriate for the $60 bottle’s scheduled September release.

If you can’t find bottles in your local liquor store, we’re guessing a few might be available at the fire-delayed opening of Old Forester’s new building on Louisville’s famed Whiskey Row sometime in 2017.

Until then, feel free to pass the time by watching our original video on how bourbon is made.

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