Review: Old Forester Rye

Old Forester Rye has hit the Greater Atlanta Area market and let me tell you, if you like rye, go grab yourself a bottle because this stuff is fantastic.

Following their latest release of Old Forester 1910 (find my review here), Old Forester has released their highly anticipated Rye.  To no one’s surprise, it’s as good as most of us expected and at it’s price point, it’s going to be really hard to beat.  For $29.99 you get a 1 Liter bottle of 100 proof, full bodied rye.  Just want a 750ml?  That will only set you back $22.99 or so making this a very, very affordable rye.  What does that mean for you as a consumer?  For me it means that I don’t mind sharing a lot of it with friends or using it to make a nice cocktail.

With it being a nice 100 proof, that means it doesn’t get lost in your Old Fashioned or Sazerac, you can still taste that 65% rye mash bill spice punching through your sugar and bitters.  Speaking of cocktails, how about we make an Old Fashioned?  This is a classic whiskey cocktail and one that you should always keep in your wheelhouse.

Old Fashioned Rye

  • 1 teaspoon Sugar (or simple syrup)
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey (in this case, Old Forester Rye)
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 strip of lemon peel

Step 1:

Add your sugar or simply syrup to a Lowball Glass.  If using sugar, combine a bit of hot water to dissolve the sugar.

Step 2:

Combine your rye and Angostura bitters.  Add ice cubes to fill the entire glass and stir to chill.  Twist your lemon peel over top to express the oils from the peel, then drop it into the glass.  Give it another stir or two for good measure and you’re set!

The Old Forester Rye is heavy on the nose with brown sugar and lemon, so it makes a natural companion for an Old Fashioned.  The palate is spicy from the 65% rye mash bill and builds to a nice cinnamon forward taste.  There’s that classic rye dill note that’s present in many rye, but it’s not overpowering.  The finish is warm and dry with notes of allspice and lemon  with a bit of that spicy rye note we all love.

Overall, this one is another knock out of the park release from Old Forester.  The higher proof and low price point makes this ideal for a cocktail mixer, but the flavor profile allows it to hold its own as a sipping whiskey as well.  For cocktail enthusiasts, you might want to pickup a bottle to put next to your Rittenhouse.  For rye enthusiasts, this is a fantastic rye for a great price that you’ll enjoy sharing with your friends.  I’m looking forward to warmer weather and an Old Fashioned or two by the fire pit!

Have you had a chance to try Old Forester Rye?  What are your thoughts?  Leave a comment below.

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