Brown Forman, the owner of Old Forester, is not new to rye whiskey, with Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve already having rye variants with 70% and 53% rye respectively. What is new to Brown Forman is a rye under the Old Forester brand, one of the oldest names in whiskey. Instead of repurposing what they already have in-house, Old Forester went with a new mash of 65% rye, 20% malted barley, and 15% corn, which I believe to be quite unique for rye whiskey. Rye whiskeys tend to be either very rye heavy (e.g., 95% rye from MGP) or corn heavy (e.g., 51% rye and 39% corn from Heaven Hill), but not barley heavy, so I find this very interesting. As a relevant tangent, some also even venture into wheated ryes such as Manifest’s Wheated Rye.
One thing to note is that I reviewed Old Forester Rye before knowing the specific mash bill, so I made a couple interesting observations that made more sense to me after the fact. All I knew going in was that this was rye whiskey, so you’ll see some interjections based on what I learned after the fact. Time to uncover more about this new mashbill in this Old Forester Rye review.