All of Old Forrester’s ‘Whisky Row’ series have been heralded as a big success in not only quality but availability. In this series, however, the clear stars are the 1920 Prohibition Style and the newest addition - the 1910 Old Fine Whisky. The former is a bold and spicy straight bourbon bottled at 115 proof. The latter is a sweet and viscous treat that is finished in a second, very heavy char, barrel and bottled at 94 proof.
As a fan of both of these for different reasons - the sweet cherry and candy like taste of the 1910 and the bold flavor kick and spice of higher proof 1920 - I began to wonder what would happen if you combined the two Whisky Row powerhouses…and I set out to make it happen.
I toyed with a few small variations initially and found 50/50 was a good way to go here as it brings out the best of both bottles. I also decided to test this two VASTLY different ways. For the first blend I would mix 2oz of each with a Ninja blender for approximately 30-60 seconds. Then for the more formal approach I would simply bottle the same mix in a sample bottle and leave it to mingle for about a week.
So what happened? Let’s take a look.
So I took my 2oz of both 1920 and 1910 and poured them into the blender and held it down for about 40 seconds in total. The liquid whipped up into a light brown froth of oxygen and spirit. When the blending stopped the liquid inside was VERY cloudy and settling. There was even almost a mist coming off the surface of the liquid.
On initial nosing and tastes this had bits of both but didn’t seem to have the best of either. I let it sit and settle for several minutes before approaching it again. When I did I decided to put it up side by side with the individual bottles and taste all 3 in a row. In doing so I absolutely found the original 1920 and 1910 to both be outstanding and far superior to the blend - a true example of things not always being about the simply the sum of their parts.
So did the slow marriage work out any better? Well…
I poured 1.5 oz of each bottle and poured them into a sample bottle and sealed it and put in my closet for the last 2 weeks…
Cracking it open today I nosed it to find a bit more balanced result at least on the smell of it. Again it did seem to not have the best of either world but definitely showcased hints from both - the pepper and spice of 1920 but still with that hint of deep sweetness from 1910.
Sipping it was a very pleasant experience. The deep cherry of 1910 influenced the spice and vanilla flavors of 1920 and in a good way. Again while the standout qualities of either weren’t as present here, those same qualities backed off and blended together in a rather cohesive way. A spicy yet sweet pour that has a long finish.
Overall I would still say that these expressions on their own are so strong in what they do well that I’d rather have them on their own but this experience absolutely proved to me why a little bit of patience can pay off as the slow mingling of the two provided a FAR superior results as compared to trying to kick the hands of Father Time down the road agains his will…patience is a virtue my friends.