New Release: Old Forester’s 117 Series: “Extra Extra Old”

Old Forester 117 Series: "Extra Extra Old". Courtesy

This week, Old Forester Distilling Co. released the latest edition in its 117 Series: a double-barreled bourbon that stayed in the second barrel for an unusually long time.

Per the brand, the result is a bourbon of exceptional quality with pronounced sweet and spice notes.

Old Forester took its 1910 expression and aged it in a second barrel for 24 months.

Master Taster Melissa Rift said the whiskey aptly earned its special name – Old Forester Extra Extra Old.

“This expression was born from a creative and innovative experiment while staying true to the classic taste which sets Old Forester apart,” Rift said. “Although I only joined Old Forester last month, this was one of the first new limited expressions I was honored to taste – and the extra long double barreling leads to an explosion of flavors.”

Old Forester 1910 commemorates the October 22, 1910 distillery fire at 117 Main Street. A batch of mature whiskey ready to be bottled was instead re-barreled in new barrels for removal due to the fire damage. What emerged was a full-bodied whisky, remarkable enough to become an entirely new expression – Old Fine Whisky.

For Extra Extra Old, the brand experimented by leaving the 1910 whisky in the heavily charred secondary barrel for two years.

Old Forester Extra Extra Old is bottled at 93 proof and will be released in very limited quantities for purchase today at the Old Forester Distillery and in our online store. It will also be available at select Kentucky retailers. Guests visiting the distillery on paid experiences between December 13 and December 23 will have the opportunity to purchase a bottle, in accordance with the distillery’s special release policy.

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Tasting Notes (Brand Provided)

● Color: Deep-aged bronze

● Aroma: Roasted coffee, rich maple syrup, dark chocolate and caramel coat hints of toasted coconut, fruit and a smokey char foundation.

● Flavor: Rich mocha coffee with hints of brandy and dark cherry fruit.

● Finish: Smooth, creamy chocolate coffee notes fade quickly