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Spherical three of Previous Forester’s 117 Series, which is cooked up by OldFo Grasp Taster Jackie Zykan, has arrived. The 1910 Additional Previous bottling is a spin on Previous Forester’s extremely likable 1910 Old Fine Whisky launch. It’s “Additional Previous” as a result of it spends an extra 18 months within the heavy-char barrel through which 1910 is completed. Apart from that, no actual gimmicks right here. Apart from an additional 12 months and a half of ending, it’s the identical underlying spirit, and it’s even bottled on the similar proof (93).
Placing the whiskey facet by facet in opposition to the unique 1910, there’s no denying it’s certainly “further outdated” as marketed — maybe too outdated, not less than at first blush. The nostril is redolent with notes of brewed espresso, gunpowder, and a racy, clove- and pepper-heavy depth that looks like basic Previous Forester pumped up on steroids. Take the weighty character of 1910 and push it fairly a bit additional and also you’ve bought Additional Previous’s aromatics.
The palate kicks off with chocolate and ample, peppery spice, winding its method to salted caramel, then a sweeter word of baking spice, brewed tea, and a few unctuous dried fig notes. Initially a bit overbearing, the whiskey settles down properly with time in glass, although you’ll need to plan forward, as I spent practically an hour with 1910 Additional Previous earlier than it actually coalesced and located its footing. Notes of darkish roast espresso clearly discover their means into the end.
A barely quirky installment within the 117 Sequence, the whiskey begins off sizzling and tough, however ultimately proves its value if you happen to give it time to develop. I’d advise as a lot.
A- / $50 / oldforester.com
Previous Forester The 117 Sequence – 1910 Additional Previous