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Old Forester 100 Proof Signature Bourbon Review: Everything to know!

Discover everything about the Old Forester 100 in this in-depth review that answers all your related questions!

Old Forester 100 Proof tasting notes: How does it taste?

NoseAlcohol, oak, caramel
PalateCaramel, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, mint
FinishSpice, tobacco, oak
Alcohol content100 proof (50% ABV)
How to drinkNeat, rocks
Similar toKnob Creek, Old Forester 86

The nose is mostly ethanol that fades as you let it breathe. Oak and caramel pop-up after a few minutes.

On the palate, Old Forester 100 has a medium body. Oak and caramel come in strong, followed by hints of cinnamon, bitter chocolate, cherries and a touch of mint. Just a bit of barrel spice coming late to the party..

The finish has a medium length, with very little warmth to it, a bit of spice, tobacco and oak.

Old Forester 100 rating: Is it Good?


Best Old Forester for the money

This bourbon is a champ in terms of value as it provides good bang on the buck, in fact, this is the best Old Forester Bourbon for the money.

The Old Forester 100 is smoother than what its proof suggests. The nose is high in ethanol, but the flavor is smooth with very little burn on the way down providing a good experience.

This is an easy sipper that van be down neat, adding water or ice and can also be used a whiskey to make cocktails although I prefer the Old Forester Rye the spicy note sits better in Old Fashioneds.

Good option for those who want a smooth 100 proof bourbon at a hard to beat price.

What’s Special about the 100 Proof Signature?

It carries the signature of George Gavin Brown on the label. Brown is the founder of Brown-Forman.

How to drink Old Forester 100?

Add water

Drinks easy neat, yet adding water brings additional sweetness and oak, while tuning down the spicy hints and making it more enjoyable.

Old Forester 100: Mash bill

72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley

The 100 Proof is made from a mash comprised of 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley which is the standard mash used by every Old Forester offering.

Old Forester 100: Age

No age statement

It doesn’t have an age statement but is aged for around 4 years.

Is it chill-filtered?


Old Forester 100 is a chill-filtered whiskey which is the norm across bourbons at this price range.

Old Forester 100: Alternatives

Old Forester 1897 & Knob Creek


The Old Forester 1897 and the Old Forester 100 are practically the same bourbon as they are made from the same mash, aged for the same length and bottled at the same proof.

The difference lies in the 1897 being a bottled in bond release and a higher price tag making me prefer the 100 proof.

It’s also quite similar to the Knob Creek which has a more refined taste as it had a longer aging (9 years vs 4) with more pleasing tasting notes.

Old Forester 100: Price

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

Total Wine$26

This is good value for the money for an easy drinking bourbon at 100 proof.

Old Forester 100: Alcohol content

100 proof (50% ABV)

Does it expire?

Alcoholic beverages do not expire

It will last for years as long as you store it in a cool place and away from the sunlight.

I strongly suggest drinking it ASAP once the content is down to 25% as liquors start developing awkward notes past this level.

How is it made?

  1. Made from a mash of corn, rye and malted barley.
  2. After the grains have been milled and mashed, they are fermented for five to seven days with a proprietary yeast strain that is grown fresh daily at the Old Forester Distillery.
  3. This long fermentation process adds depth and complexity according to Old Forester.
  4. Following fermentation, the grains are twice distilled before being matured in new, American oak casks for around 4 years.

Old Forester 100: Cheat Sheet

Type of WhiskyBourbon
Age statement4 years
Is it good?Yes
Is it top-shelf?No
Does it expire?No
Warm?Just a bit
Good for beginners?No
Good for cocktails?Yes
Good with Coke?Yes
Calories per shot108