The Volstead Act of 1920 initiated Prohibition in the United States. Only six distilleries were allowed to continue distilling whiskey for medicinal purposes. Old Forester was among the six, and continued to operate on “Whiskey Row” in Louisville, Kentucky.
A few years ago, Old Forester looked to expand their product line and created the Whiskey Row Series. 1920 Prohibition Style Whisky, was the third bourbon in the series and has already won several awards including Double Gold in the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Old Forester 1920 is bottled at 115 proof (57.5% ABV) does not include an age statement. The mashbill is made up of 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley. The suggested retail price is $60, even though I have seen this bottle range in price from $45 to $70.
I get brown sugar and cinnamon right away on the nose. Slight fruit notes but mostly baking spices.
The brown sugar and cinnamon comes through on the palate. Once the cinnamon spice calms down, it transitions into dark chocolate and graham crackers.
The finish is long and the chocolate and graham cracker notes continue. With these notes, it’s difficult not to think of s’mores.
This is truly an amazing bourbon. Having the proof at 115 brings so much flavor and complexity to this bottle. There are plenty of bottles that bourbon lovers hunt. This bottle is always on the shelf and at a decent price. I think if you pick up this bottle, you won’t be disappointed. Cheers!