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Member Reviews and Ratings of Old Forester Rye
Best rye for the price
Excellent rye for the $
You could drink this reliable rye neat, but really this whiskey is best in a rye whiskey cocktail. The spice notes are strong enough to break through in a cocktail. Best enjoyed in a rye Manhattan or whiskey spiked hot apple cider.
Spicy and Woody with a finish of caramel.
Best budget rye period. Great alone or in a cocktail, tons of flavor.
The most consistent Rye out there. So good for under $25 per bottle
This is a true value leader. It has delicious aromas and flavors at a great price. Worth a try.
Very interesting palate that I’m still working to narrow down. Different than any other rye I’ve tried. High malted barley content that I think is what’s making this so unique. Underpriced bourbon in my opinion. Really enjoy on its own.
-Airy perfume (non-chemical)
-Faint Apple (green)
Great Rye at this price point
You cannot beat this rye whiskey for the price. It’s smooth, easy to sip on and you always find yourself going back for more. Holds a good finish.
Excellent rye and gets plus points for availability, quality, and price. Good for sipping...great for mixing.
I can't say that I am a fan of rye, but I gave it a try based on a recommendation. For me it is too peppery, not enough softness. I enjoy Islay scotch and complex flavors, but found that the rye just dominated too much. By the time it subsided the remaining flavors were suppressed. But if you like anise, dark cherries, molasses and rye spice, this might be right for you.
Hearty burn. Lends nicely to a mixer. Very mild sweetness.
Great for Manhattans
This is a FANTASTIC rye, which is an absolute STEAL for the price point. This will absolutely become a bar staple for me.
Wow! Love it. This one blows me away at this price point. One of my favorite rye's.
marshmallow, mellow, with a light rye finish. great in a whiskey sour or a mellow manhatton
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.
Very good! Nice kick to it.
Was closer to Jack Daniels without the charcoal aftertaste.
Great body and smooth aftertaste.
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.
Meant barley instead of malt...oops!
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.
One of my favorites for Manhattans
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.
Really smooth with a bit of burn. I could drink it every day if I wasn’t busy trying others.
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.
Very hot at 100 proof but a great rye finish and great for the price. I will buy this one again
Great Rye in value. Little "hot" but with a dash of water or a rock its great. Made a awesome Manhattan
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!
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.
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.
For the price point a very good Rye. Makes a really good Old Fashioned.
Excellent flavor; especially for the price. Even my wife enjoyed this rye.
Love this rye! Great neat or in a cocktail.
The nose burns. Burnt cinnamon; the tiniest bit of banana like a bourbon. Water helps a lot - smoothes out the burnt flavor.
Very smooth with fruity notes and a warm finish
Most accurate flavor spiral I have experienced thus far. Brown sugar, apples and lemon are definitely in there along with the rye and spiciness.
Feel the burn. It is definitely 100 proof. It needs some ice to bring out the flavor. Very spicy and rye.
Smells like bubble gum. Light vanilla, black pepper, and rye bread. Very good for a great price