Old Forester (Lousiville, KY) has announced the newest release in its 117 series – “Bottled in Bond“. In accordance with the 1897 Bottled in Bond Act, this product is bottled from barrels filled during a single distillation season – the wet and warm late Spring of 2014.
The 117 Series first launched in March 2021 with “High Angels’ Share Barrels”. The series itself taking its namesake from Old Forester’s original Louisville address – 117 W. Main St (1882 – 1919). High Angels’ Share was a special offering focusing on barrels that experienced high evaporation during the barrel aging process.
Bottled-in-bond is a designation that protects the integrity of aged spirits by ensuring each barrel is produced in a single distillation season by a single distillery. To meet the criteria, the spirit must also be matured in a U.S. bonded warehouse for at least four years and bottled at 50% ABV. (100 proof).
“The heritage of Old Forester is uniquely tied to the Bottled in Bond movement as George Garvin Brown’s first bottled bourbon really set the stage for quality guarantee decades before the historic law went into effect,” said Old Forester Master Taster Melissa Rift. “This bonded expression as part of the 117 Series is a fantastic opportunity to look at a very small batch of bonded liquid and how it has developed from that single season to the offering we are launching today.”
Bottled in Bond marks the latest installment in the 117 Series, a limited-expression lineup that debuted in Spring 2021 and focuses on innovation and experimentation.
Tasting Noted (Brand Provided)
Nose: Confectionary notes of stewed blackberries, caramelized apricot and sweet dates rounded out by a sweet nuttiness and topped with whipped cream
Taste: Rich medley of caramelized fruits with a subtle hint of spearmint
Finish: Dried fruits give way to heavy cream with an herbal tea finish
PRICING & AVAILABILITY: Old Forester 117 Series: Bottled in Bond is bottled at 100-proof and is available starting today at the retail shop at Old Forester Distilling Co. and in select states for direct-to-consumer sales for $59.99 in limited quantities – and at select Kentucky stores.
About 117 Series
As stated earlier, the 117 Series is named after Old Forester’s original (and now current address) of 117 W. Main St, 1882 – 1919. Each release focuses on a unique attribute of the whiskey crafting process.
ALL 117 SERIES RELEASES:
- High Angels’ Share (March 2021)
- Warehouse K Barrels (August 2021)
- 1910 Extra Old (Feb 2022)
- Whiskey Row Fire (July 2022)
- Extra Extra Old (Dec 2022)
- Warehouse H (Feb 2023)
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