About – “A historic recipe, acquired in 1940 by Owsley Brown I, Old Forester Rye features a mash bill of 65% Rye, 20% Malted Barley, and 15% Corn. Such a high proportion of barley allows for a fully natural fermentation process, forgoing the need for artificial enzymes commonly found in high rye mash bills. Additionally, a generous percentage of malt yields a unique floral character, balancing the sharp, brisk spice of the rye grain. Continuing our legacy of quality and consistency, Old Forester uses its own proprietary yeast strain, produces every barrel, and distills every drop.” Old Forester Rye was released last year to much fanfare, and the price was a big reason for that. OF Rye is bottled at 100 Proof and costs around $20.
Nose – The rye spice jumps out first followed by honey. The rye spice fades into rye grain as it opens up with a touch of green apple on the back end.
Palate – BANANA. Wow this has a serious banana note. Not a fresh banana but more reminiscent of banana runts. Rye spice moves in on the mid palate and eventually gives way to baking spice. Banana is the predominant on the medium length finish along with baking spice.
Score – B
Verdict – Very interesting flavor profile. I can’t recall a time that banana was the predominant note that I got from a whiskey. When you put this on ice the banana becomes even stronger. It is a pleasant profile, but because of it being so unique I can’t see myself making this a daily drinker. OF Rye is a tasty rye at an even tastier price point. There is no reason why you shouldn’t stock this in your bar.