While Old Forester is the “First Bottled Bourbon,” the celebrated liquor often looks to history to formulate its special offerings. For the latest offering in the 117 Series, Whiskey Row Fire turns a tragic event into a celebration of nuanced flavors.
Fire has woven its way into many bourbon tales. That bourbon barrel can be charred, toasted or otherwise kissed by the flame. Although there should never be a burning feeling in the throat when that golden liquid is sipped, fire can be part of the story.
With the 117 Series Whiskey Row Fire, the fire inspiration doesn’t come from the barrel. Instead, it comes from the brave men and women who fought the four-alarm fire that took over Whiskey Row in downtown Louisville. That July 7 day in 2015 saw bravery triumphant over tragedy.
Since the Old Forester 117 Series has highlighted historical moments of the bourbon brand, the Whiskey Row Fire was a fitting subject for the brand’s latest release. This special offering comes from the salvaged barrels from the infamous day. With the 117 Series offering, Fireman Barrels are 7 years old and combine the remainder barrels that were rescued in that day. The special release calls to bourbon drinkers not just for the flavor, but for the historic significance and unique story surrounding this offering.
What are some of the flavor notes of the Old Forester Whiskey Row Fire 117 Series offering?
While there will always be classic characteristics of an Old Forester bourbon, this particular offering has a slight fruitiness that delights. As the aromas of soft cedar welcome the drinker, the sweetness of honey comb entices. A touch of marzipan with a little malt contrasts the vanilla cream.
Upon first taste, the honey with mixed fruit feel brings the memories of a warm summer night. With brown sugar and vanilla, it is almost like a feeling of comfort and a longing for a simpler time.
As the beverage finishes, the sweetness of the honey lingers. A hint of fruit invites another sip. It makes the drinker long for a glass that is never empty.
The Old Forester Whiskey Row Fire 117 Series is 100 proof and can be purchased online at the brand’s website. There is limited availability of this special offering.