Old Forester Kentucky Kentucky Street Bourbon 86 Proof opens up with a very light caramel aroma. After the caramel aroma comes another mild note, oak. You can also sense a little bit of ethanol, very little, beneath these two notes. Going back to the nose again it seems like the oak starts to take over.
On the first taste, caramel and a minty heat combine. It drinks hotter than the 86 proof, which I do not mind because I struggle with bourbons under the low 90s. As with the nose, it seems like the oak starts to take over after the caramel subsides.
Because the palate is very average, it’s not something that I would consider to be a neat drinker. However, for this price point, Old Forester Bourbon 86 Proof is decent.
There’s nothing particularly unique about Old Forester Straight Bourbon 86 Proof, but it is decent prototypical bourbon for the price point.
The heat of the finish is more in the back of the throat than the esophagus. However, it’s better than I would have expected.