Old Forester 1920 vs Oak & Eden Whiskey

Words By Brad Neathery

At Oak & Eden, we are proud to stand among giants in the whiskey industry, each brand with its own story and method. Today, we draw a comparison between our innovative approach and the classic Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style, a staple of whiskey lore. This exploration celebrates the heritage embedded in Old Forester's approach, while highlighting the forward-thinking innovation that defines Oak & Eden.

Celebrating Old Forester 1920

Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style is part of their Whiskey Row Series, designed to honor the distillery's rich history during Prohibition when it was one of the few to be granted a permit to produce medicinal whiskey. This expression is crafted to emulate the style and strength of the bourbon produced by Old Forester at that time, which was known for its robust character. Bottled at 115 proof, it delivers rich, intense flavors of chocolate, caramel, and spice, making it a favorite among enthusiasts seeking depth and complexity.

The Innovation of Oak & Eden

In contrast, Oak & Eden whiskey embodies the spirit of modern craft distillation. Our signature approach involves an in-bottle finishing technique, where a spiral-cut piece of wood, called a "spire," is placed inside each bottle of whiskey. This method is not just a novelty; it introduces an ongoing maturation process within the bottle, allowing the whiskey to evolve and gain additional flavors over time. The result is a dynamic and ever-changing profile that offers a unique experience with each bottle. Our range includes various expressions, each influenced by different wood types and toasting levels, providing a diverse palette that appeals to modern tastes, and even allows our customers to customize their own unique bottle of whiskey.

Flavor Comparison: Complexity vs. Evolution

Old Forester 1920 delivers a classic bourbon experience with its deep, rich flavors that echo the historic roots of American whiskey. It's a nod to the past, perfect for those who appreciate a strong, well-rounded bourbon with a story to tell. The taste is profound, marked by an unmistakable intensity that reflects its high-proof lineage, with notes of chocolate covered graham cracker dusted with cinnamon.

Oak & Eden, however, offers a different journey with each sip. The introduction of the wood spire not only adds complexity but also allows the character of the whiskey to grow and change, potentially offering a new experience every time you open the bottle. From vanilla and caramel to subtle hints of fruit and floral notes, our whiskey is designed to surprise and engage the palate in a way that traditional bourbons do not.

Conclusion: Heritage Meets Innovation

Choosing between Old Forester 1920 and Oak & Eden Whiskey might come down to what you seek in a whiskey. If you're drawn to historical authenticity and a powerful, profound flavor profile, Old Forester 1920 is an excellent choice. On the other hand, if you're intrigued by the idea of a whiskey that evolves and offers a personalized experience, Oak & Eden’s innovative approach will likely capture your imagination and palate.

At Oak & Eden, we respect the traditions that have shaped the whiskey industry while also embracing the possibilities that innovation brings. We believe there's a place for both the timeless and the contemporary in the world of whiskey, and we invite you to explore and enjoy both.

Words By Brad Neathery