Founder(s): George Garvin Brown
Inception Date: 1870
Age: 9 Years
Region of Origin: Clermont, Kentucky
George Garvin Brown, a former pharmaceutical salesman, first bottled and marketed the Old Forester brand in 1870, making it the longest continuously sold bourbon on the planet. During the hellish years of prohibition Brown-Forman (the company behind the brand) was one of the few distilleries granted a medical license for their alcohol production. The Old Forester 1920 expression is based on one of the “medicinal” recipes used during prohibition.
The aroma features a potent medley of cherry preserves, caramel, dark chocolate, with spiced maple syrup. Layers of malt nuttiness and sweet graham cracker rest on a full bodied, rich palate.
Bourbon is a type of American whiskey, a barrel-aged distilled liquor made primarily from corn and often rounded out with malted barley and rye (though some brands utilize wheat). The name “bourbon” was not applied until the 1850s, and did not become widespread until the 1870s. Bourbon must be made within the United States, be composed of at least 51% corn, and aged in new charred oak barrels.