Old Forester Launches a Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Old Forester has announced its first new grain recipe in nearly 150 years: Old Forester Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky.

It will be available nationwide beginning February 1.

Old Forester Rye is inspired by the historic recipe for Normandy Rye, the company says, a brand which Brown-Forman acquired in 1940. The mash bill consists of 65% rye, 20% malted barley and 15% corn.

Old Forester Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky is 100 proof. The suggested retail price is $22.99, parity priced with Old Forester 100 Proof Bourbon.

“Throughout history, rye whisky showcased a balanced grain recipe,” says Chris Morris, VP master 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.”

The rye has aromas of rich brown sugar and magnolia blossom, the company says, with hints of sassafras and candied lemon. On the palate, spice awakens, leading with sharp black pepper and cinnamon stick, rounding out with notes of dried dill and baked apple. The finish is of allspice and peppercorn with pine, anise and bright lemon zest.

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