Old Forester Just Dropped a New Limited-Edition Bourbon Aged in Rum Barrels

This is the latest release in this Kentucky distillery's 117 Series.


Old Forester is known for keeping keeping it simple with its affordable bourbons and rye whiskeys, but also entering the pantheon of unicorn whiskeys with its annual Birthday Bourbon release. The Kentucky distillery also has a few other collections in its portfolio, including the limited-edition 117 Series which brings a new method of maturation into the mix for each release. The latest is called Rum Finish, and it’s a first for this particular whiskey lineup.

The 117 Series started in 2021, and it has given whiskey fans some pretty solid releases since it launched including High Angels’ Share (drawn from barrels that had high evaporation rates), Whiskey Row Fire (barrels chosen by the Louisville Fire Department to mark the fire that devastated the city’s Whiskey Row almost a decade ago), Warehouse H (consisting of barrels from one particular warehouse), and 1910 Extra Extra Old (finished in heavily charred barrels for an additional two years). The new Rum Finish, according to the distillery, is meant to be a tribute to the time when the Ohio River which flows behind the Whiskey Row distillery location was used to transport barrels of spirits like rum. Bourbon finished in rum barrels can be really delicious, as evidenced by some other examples of this specific type of secondary maturation.

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Voyage was a truly fantastic bourbon finished in Appleton Estate rum barrels, and there have been many others over the years including Jefferson’s Old Ru.