Old Forester 1870 is one of my go to bourbons. I keep a bottle on my shelf for everyday sipping, so when I saw this bottle of Old Forester Statesmen I was excited to bring it home. It wasn’t until after I mentioned what my weekly selection was to a bourbon buddy that his comment triggered me to look up the origins of this bourbon. Apparently this was made in conjunction with the movies “Kingsman”.
From the Old Forester website:
Inspired by the dynamic characters in the film,”Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” Old Forester Statesman offers bold flavor blended to a smooth 95 proof from hand-selected casks of our famed Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky from the warmest places in the warehouse. Because true character is only revealed after a little heat, the Statesman product offers an exceptional balance of heat and spice.
I honestly try and stay away from “media” inspired alcohols. After taking a sip of Johnie Walker Game of Thrones whiskey I swore to never pay good money for “media” driven whiskey again.
So, how did Old Forester Statement hold up?
It was both better than I expected, but my expectations were low, and less than I would have wanted for a product with the Old Forester name on it.
The nose is intriguing with a mellow leather and spice.
The first sip is a mixture of alcohol burn that rapidly turns to strong spice. This is a flavorful whiskey with strong notes of leather and spice that finishes with oaky wood notes.
Old Forester Statesman has some strong flavors that may be too much for new sippers, but if your into strong flavors and don’t mind a few rough edges, this may be a bottle to put on your shelf.
For me, this scored a 75/100, making it sip worthy. I did enjoy drinking it, but I have to be honest when I say that while I always keep a bottle of Old Forester 1870 on my shelf, this bottle of Statesmen didn’t quite rise to the level of an everyday sipper.
- Spice mixed with oak and clove and pepper. If you like strong flavors you will like this Statesman.
- Leather and cinnamon and rough edges.
- Strong flavors that may be too much for some sippers.
- Initial alcohol burn. This is a 95 proof whiskey and if your normal fare is 80 proof you are going to know it.
- Not as well rounded or smooth as what I’ve come to expect from Old Forester.