Old Forester 1897 is October’s Whiskey of the Month!

Old Forester 1897

We’re pleased to announce our Whiskey of the Month for October is Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond. Distilled and aged under the watchful eye of Master Distiller Chris Morris at Old Forester Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, this fine bourbon is part of a lineage from the oldest continually-offered brand of bourbon still sold today. In 1897, Old Forester released its first whiskey compliant with the regulations of the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, and today you can once again experience unique formula and bottling first tasted more than a century ago.

Bottled in Bond specifies 100 proof, so this is a hefty pour, featuring a nose of fresh-brewed coffee, spice, and caramel with characteristic vanillin perfume, with a deep, sweet, full-bodied presence on the palate that is surprisingly soft and plush for such a strong whiskey, giving way to blackberry and plum fruit and toasty spices with a pleasing note of rickhouse funk. The finish is long and full, sweet leather and tea carrying it on home. One of the most exciting new release bourbons of the last several years.

Old Forester is one of bourbon’s most venerable names, and Chris Morris is one of the greatest minds working in bourbon today. Bring your Bourbon Society passport with you any time during the month of October for a complimentary pour of our new favorite bourbon!


It’s free to join the Big Jones Bourbon Society, just ask your server or bartender to sign up on your next visit. You’ll receive a passport to forty of our more than sixty whiskeys. On each visit, members are welcome to one complimentary pour of the Whiskey of the Month (WOM) which will usually (but not always) be a straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Big Jones Bourbon Society members will also receive invitations to members-only events such as whiskey tastings and whiskey socials.

Of course you’re welcome to enjoy any whiskey on our list at any time. We’ll mark off your passport as you taste each of the forty whiskeys, and once you’ve tasted them all, you will earn the distinction of Master Taster, and win tickets for two to a one-of-a-kind all-out whiskey dinner. As the ranks of Master Tasters grows, we will host a series of dinners for Master Tasters.