First distilled in 1870 by George Garvin Brown, Old Forester, named for Dr. William Forrester, a contemporary and customer of Brown when he was working as a pharmaceutical salesman, was the first bourbon to be sold in sealed glass bottles to ensure quality. 150 years later, the Brown family still manages distillery production as the Brown-Forman Corporation, who also own Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve.
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.