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Old Forester 1920 vs Old Forester Statesman: Discover the Better!

Discover the differences between Old Forester 1920 vs Old Forester Statesman in this in-depth comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!

Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style

NoseCaramel, banana, spice, ethanol
PalateBrown sugar, vanilla, caramel
FinishMedium, cinnamon, caramel, oak, spice
Alcohol content115 proof (57.5% ABV)
How to drinkNeat, rocks
Similar to1910, 1897, Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Nose is sweet, rich in caramel, with a hint of banana, rye spice and just a whiff of ethanol.

On the palate, 1920 displays a creamy body. Flavor provides vanilla and caramel, along brown sugar and a rich nutty note.

There is a bit of warmth to it as you would expect from something at high proof.

The finish has a medium length, somewhat dry and warm, leaving a rich cinnamon aftertaste in the mouth along caramel, oak and a tad of spice.

Old Forester 1920 is a very good sipper, well balanced and flavorful where the proof does not get in the way as it does not drink as a high proof bourbon.

The finish lacks depth but it’s full of the things I associate with a good pour: sweet, pleasantly warm, rich in oak and no off-putting notes.

Old Forester is one of the six bourbons allowed to continue operations during Prohibition. During that time all whiskies were sold for “medicinal purposes” and had to be bottled at 100 Proof.

The 115 proof release represents a barrel sample that company president Owsley Brown I would have batched at the beginning of Prohibition.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Old Forester 1920:

  • It doesn’t have an age statement but is aged for around 4 years.
  • Made from a mash bill comprised of 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley.
  • Old Forester is owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation along the Jack Daniel’s and the Woodford Reserve; they are all crafted at different distilleries.
  • Old Forester has been on the market continuously since 1870, which is longer than any other bourbon.

Old Forester Statesman

NoseCinnamon, cherry, oak, brown sugar
PalateHoney, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, black pepper
FinishMedium, cherry, oak, cinnamon
Alcohol content95 proof (42.5% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water
Similar toBirthday Bourbon, 1870

Statesman was released in 2017 as a tie-in of the movie “Kingsman: The Golden Circle“, which is one of my personal favorites, although I still can’t get over Merlin’s death singing “Take Me Home Country Road”.

In the film, The Statesman are a spy organization who are distillers by day and spies at night with headquarters based inside the fictional Statesman Distillery.

On the nose, the Statesman delivers a high cinnamon note, followed by cherry, brown sugar and a tad of oak.

On the palate, first sip is good and sweet, rich in honey and caramel, followed by cinnamon and pepper heat.

The finish has a medium length, bringing a cherry cough syrup note, oak and more cinnamon which is the common theme in this whiskey as you get it from nose to finish.

Just enough warmth at the end to warm your chest, making a good sipper.

Drinks nicely neat, yet you can make it a bit better adding a drop of water as it tunes-down the pepper heat by a notch making it easier to drink.

Overall, the Statesman (Review) is a good bourbon with traditional tasting notes, yet priced a bit higher than I would expect from a whiskey with no age statement at a moderate proof.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Old Forester Statesman:

  • It does not provide an age statement but aged for up to 5 years.
  • Made from a mash bill comprised of 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley.
  • The barrels to create the batch were pulled from the warmest places in the warehouse.

Old Forester 1920 vs Old Forester Statesman: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

Old Forester 1920$63115
Old Forester Statesman$6095

Old Forester 1920 vs Old Forester Statesman: Which is better?

1920 is a more tasty bourbon than the Statesman

WhiskeyOld Forester 1920Old Forester Statesman
  • Let’s be honest, the film was better than the bourbon as it a has a high cough syrup note. But the film is so good that I bought it just as a token.
  • 1920 is supremely good, drinks quite nicely despite the high proof and feels more richer than the Statesman.

Learn more about this brand by reading my post: Discover the Best Old Forester Bourbon where I rank every bottle!


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