Old Forester Rye

Old Forester Rye

(0.75l, 50%)


7.3/10
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$26.99
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A naturally fermented, powerful Rye from Old Forester — and it’s about time.
 
Old Forrester has about as much tradition as you can get in a Bourbon. It is a single brand of Bourbon that has been continuously available for 145 years — most of that time from the same family of craftsmen at the same distillery. Interestingly, it was the first Bourbon to be available exclusively in sealed glass bottles. There was a lot of nefarious re-bottling and dilution going on and this was a way to ensure quality and integrity. Today it is owned by Brown-Forman, available in eight different varieties and is a sister Bourbon to Woodford Reserve.
 
Old Forester Rye is the first Rye Whiskey to come to this historic brand — and it’s brand-spanking new. The first release was in February of 2019. Rye is notoriously hard to work with in the fermentation tanks. That’s why some most Rye Whiskey makers add at least some barley to the mix to get things started. And it’s not uncommon for some to add enzymes as well to make it easier. But this is what makes Old Forester Rye special. It has a rather unique mash bill of 65 rye, 20% barley, and 15% corn. This allows for a completely natural fermentation without additives. It’s also served at a powerful 50% ABV, so there is plenty of power for every application.
  • Category
    Rye
  • Style
    Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    50%
  • Distillery

Flavor Spiral™

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rye
spicy
brown sugar
black pepper
chestnut
lemon
apple
dill
pine
What does Old Forester Rye taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Old Forester Rye and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Chestnut
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aromas a rich with brown sugar, rye spice, lemon curd, and wild sassafras.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Surprisingly, the flavor hints at bananas foster with apple, dill, and fresh black pepper.
 
Finish 
The finish is alive, and tingly with rye spices and pine.
Ratings & Reviews
Matthew
Matthew,
Great for Manhattans
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Unbeatable value
 
Adam
Adam,
This is a FANTASTIC rye, which is an absolute STEAL for the price point. This will absolutely become a bar staple for me.
 
Tom
Tom,
Wow! Love it. This one blows me away at this price point. One of my favorite rye's.
 
Travis
Travis,
marshmallow, mellow, with a light rye finish. great in a whiskey sour or a mellow manhatton
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is amber, decent legs... Nose: apple cinnamon, malt, other faint baking spices; glimmers of excellence with the apple cinnamon, but not a lot of depth... Palate: apple cinnamon sugar, rye spice, mildly sweet. Spice dominate mid-palate. Above average... Mouthfeel: Tongue coating... Finish: Lasting spice, with flashes of the apple... Overall: Nice apple cinnamon profile Rye at a great price point. No complaints at all.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Very good! Nice kick to it.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Was closer to Jack Daniels without the charcoal aftertaste.
 
Axel
Axel,
Great body and smooth aftertaste.
 
David
David,
For a budget rye, this is a really good one. The higher malt in the mash bill lends to a nice floral element which pairs really well when making an Old Fashioned. It's also nice drinking neat as well. The bottle opens up nicely and takes a while to turn. I've had mine for almost a year and it still tastes the same since I opened it.
David
David,
Meant barley instead of malt...oops!
David
David,
You know whiskey is good when you sniff it for 5 minutes before even taking a sip. As I was first getting into whiskey and bourbon this bottle gave me that experience. While Pikeville is my top Rye, when considering a budget rye, I'd put this ahead of George Dickel and Rittenhouse. Solid.
 
Dick
Dick,
One of my favorites for Manhattans
 
Erik
Erik,
One of the best "budget" ryes on the market. As a barely legal rye (only 51% rye mashbill) there is a lovely balance of sweetness to the spice. A "bourbon drinkers rye" through and through, if you are a bourbon drinker looking to branch into rye then this is the perfect choice.
 
Michael
Michael,
Really smooth with a bit of burn. I could drink it every day if I wasn’t busy trying others.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Fantastic value rye. Sweet character. Especially good when added to dark roasted coffees. Could be oilier with more mouthfeel like Old Forester's higher end bourbons. Appreciated that it is 100 proof as that allows finish to last longer than lower proofed rye.
 
Eric
Eric,
Very hot at 100 proof but a great rye finish and great for the price. I will buy this one again
 
Michael
Michael,
Great Rye in value. Little "hot" but with a dash of water or a rock its great. Made a awesome Manhattan
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Extremely smooth rye! Picked it up because I've never had a rye yet that I didn't like, so let's see why it's priced so low? Now I'm confused as to why it's priced so low! If you are a rye fan, like myself, you can't go wrong with Old Foresters. I prefer this as much as I do Woodford's or George Dickel. Very nice!
 
Matt
Matt,
Definitely an instance of "you get what you pay for." Harsh rye with no enjoyable character or depth. Terrible sipper, terrible for cocktails. Don't waste your time or money.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Decent rye for the price; spiciness is muted, might not cut through enough depending on the cocktail, and not quite flavorful enough to be a satisfying sipper.
 
John
John,
For the price point a very good Rye. Makes a really good Old Fashioned.
 
JON
JON,
Excellent flavor; especially for the price. Even my wife enjoyed this rye.
 
David
David,
Love this rye! Great neat or in a cocktail.
 
Emerson
Emerson,
The nose burns. Burnt cinnamon; the tiniest bit of banana like a bourbon. Water helps a lot - smoothes out the burnt flavor.
 
Earl
Earl,
Very smooth with fruity notes and a warm finish
 
Liz
Liz,
Most accurate flavor spiral I have experienced thus far. Brown sugar, apples and lemon are definitely in there along with the rye and spiciness.
 
Ivan
Ivan,
Feel the burn. It is definitely 100 proof. It needs some ice to bring out the flavor. Very spicy and rye.
 
John
John,
Smells like bubble gum. Light vanilla, black pepper, and rye bread. Very good for a great price
 
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