Old Forester Says “Rye Not?”


Only 150 years after George Garvin Brown made The First Bottled Bourbon™, Old Forester is delving into a new grain recipe and bottling its first Straight Rye Whisky. Storied to be a “historic” recipe acquired by Owsley Brown I in 1940, Old Forester Rye is 65% Rye, 20% Malted Barley, and 15% Corn. Master Distiller Chris Morris and Master Taster Jackie Zykan developed the mash bill, inspired by the historic recipe for Normandy Rye.

Campbell Brown, Old Forester President and great-great grandson of founder George Garvin Brown says, “Our signature bourbon recipe has

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done this brand proud through Prohibition, World Wars and changing consumer palates.” The rye offering comes at a familiar 100 proof.

“Old Forester Rye stays true to our standards of quality, consistency, and balance while delivering on value as only Old Forester can,” said Zykan. “The spicy, yet floral complexity of this expression offers a completely different flavor profile than its bourbon cousin. At 100 proof, it plays beautifully in cocktails, but also stands up boldly on its own.”

Old Forester 100 Proof Rye will be offered nationwide at a suggested retail price of $22.99.

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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
Finish: Allspice and peppercorn introduce a long and dry finish which
ignites with pine, anise and bright lemon zest