Old Forester 1984 (blind)

"A bourbon, released to commemorate the olympics of 1996 in Atlanta, from a brand that is officially the longest running brand on the market today"

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What do we remember from the Olympics that were held in Atlanta in 1996? It was held 100 years after the first official olympics in Athens. Donovan Baily wins the 100 metres in a world record. Michael Johnson and Marie-Jose Perec take the double on the 200 and 400 metres. Carl Lewis winning his 4th consequetive golden medal in long jumping. Andre Agassi winning a gold medal to complete the ‘Golden Slam’. The 4 golden medals of swimmer Amy van Dyken. What I didn’t remember is that a bourbon was released to commemorate this olympics… Well, no shame of course, especially since we were lucky enough that it reached the selection for the blind tasting competition.


Bourbon and rye notes are directly evident. Baking spices, ginger, paprika, spicy toffee, and sweet wood. At first, I would say this does not nose very special, but it is a good casual bourbon. Spicy apple cake and rye bread. I can dig this, for sure. After a while it develops with oranges, lemon skin and lime skin. Add to that orange-filled chocolate and chocolate croissants. It gets sweeter and the bitterness becomes more integrated after adding some water. 


Spicy (I guess it contains a reasonable amount rye), toffee, butterscotch, paprika powder are first recognisable notes. The balance between the sweetness and spices is good, and I do not detect an overly oak influence. Orange skin and grapefruit to provide a bitter edge to the palate. Rounder and smoother, but is not a bad experience, after adding some water. The finish is fairly short, with toffee, orange, chocolate, mind, croissants and baking spices.


Doubtful if this was a rye or bourbon, because of the prominent spiciness at first. So I went for a rye. This bourbon has an undisclosed mash bill, or I could located on the web, so it could indeed be a bourbon with a high rye content. It is fairly good, although not very special. More a good day to day bourbon, I would say.

What others thought

Competition day #15

Old Forrester 1984

Whiskybase: 82.07 (17 votes) Contestants: 7.4/10

This sample was part of the


these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
Nose 85%
Taste 85%
Balance 84%
Depth 82%
Finish 84%