I have had my eye on this Rye for awhile for two reasons: One – there are not a lot of Rye whiskey (or at least I struggle to find it) that doesn’t come from MGP. I actually really like MGP rye whiskey but I like to see others doing their own thing and experience their take on it. Brings some diversity to the category. Two – this is the first rye whiskey from Old Forester and was released in 2019. It really new to the market and very affordable at this time. Second hand mark up hasn’t made this some holy grail whiskey.
In 1940, Owsley Brown, acquired a distillery and the Normandy Rye Whiskey brand. This historic recipe incorporates a proprietary yeast with a mash bill of 65% rye, 20% malted barley, and 15% corn. This uses a completely natural fermentation without the typical added enzymes in some other rye whiskeys.
Here is what is Old Forester has to say about it:
Nose: rich brown sugar and magnolia blossum, with hints of soft sassafras and candied lemon.
Palate: spice awakens immediately leading with sharp black pepper and cinnamon stick, rounding out with notes of dried dill and baked apple.
Finish: Allspice and peppercorn introduce a loyal and dry finish which ignites with pine, anise, and bright lemon zest.
I am still exploring this great budget rye whiskey but have been enjoying it neat but may try this one in some cocktails. It is bottle at 50% ABV and I think the powerful flavors will hold up nice.
Nose: floral, rich
Palate: black pepper, brown sugar, nutty, rye
Finish: spicy Rye bite, woody, anise