There’s A New Member Of The Family Coming To Old Forester

Old Forester is adding a new flavor to the mix of bourbons. It is called Old Forester Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey and is the first new grain recipe in nearly 150 years.

new old forester rye bourbon and a cocktail“Our signature bourbon recipe has done this brand proud through Prohibition, World Wars and changing consumer palates,” said Campbell Brown, Old Forester President and great-great grandson of founder George Garvin Brown. “This January we will create a new tradition with a Kentucky Straight Rye that will capture the hearts and excite the palates of experienced Rye drinkers and curious whisky enthusiasts alike.”

This new expression was crafted by Master Distiller Chris Morris and Master Taster Jackie Zykan. The inspiration behind the Old Forester Rye is from the recipe of Normandy Rye, which is a brand Brown-Forman acquired in 1940. It consists of 65% rye, 20% malted barley, and 15% corn.

“Throughout history, rye whisky showcased a balanced grain recipe,” said Chris Morris, VP new old forester rye bottle in front of a bourbon barrelMaster Distiller-Whiskey Innovation. “The high proportion of malted barley in this traditional recipe allows for a wholly natural fermentation process, leveraging Old Forester’s proprietary yeast strain. The generous percentage of Malted Barley yields a unique floral character, producing a remarkably balanced Rye.”

Old Forester Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey is presented at 100 proof and is expected to be available nationwide beginning February 1.


Tasting Notes from the Master Taster, Jackie Zykan

Aroma: Rich brown sugar and magnolia blossom, with hints of soft sassafras and candied lemon
Taste: Spice awakens immediately leading with sharp black pepper and cinnamon stick, rounding out with notes of dried dill and baked apple
Finish: Allspice and peppercorn introduce a long and dry finish which ignites with pine, anise and bright lemon zest


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