Old Forester Rye 100 Proof Review

Review by Mark Pringle |

81 Highly Rated Bourbon General Review of Old Forester Rye

It is almost embarrassing that Old Forester produces a rye at this price point that is better than most of the ryes at the double this retail price. Frankly, I do not think you will find a rye under $30 that is better than Old Forester Rye 100 proof. If you do, please let me know what it is.

Old Forester Rye

Rating: 81


Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.

  • 90-100 Exceptional
  • 80-89 Very Good
  • 70-79 Average
  • 60-69 Below Average
  • 50-60 Drain Pour

Detailed Tasting Notes

Nose Review - Rating: 82

The nose is rich and creamy. It has a mildly decadent dark brown sugar aroma that blends nicely with mild ethanol.

Palate Review - Rating: 78

The rye on the palate is mild, and it seems like the black pepper is much more prominent. The mouthfeel is excellent for a whiskey at this price point. How many $22 rye have a viscosity like this? That Brown-Forman oak profile is also present even though this is not a bourbon. So, why is it at a $25 retail price point? The only thing I can think of is that the palate is not very complex. Many great rye whiskeys tend to have a complex aroma and palate, but this is a simple rye that is very rich and tasty. It’s a neat drinker.

Finish Review - Rating: 79

The finish is peppery and radiates beautifully from the back of the throat down the esophagus.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 78

Usually, at this price point, there is at least one thing off with a bourbon; either the nose, palate or finish. Old Forester Rye does not have any weaknesses.

Value Review - Rating: 89

From a value standpoint, I do not think you will find a better rye at this price point. At least, I have not.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
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