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.
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.
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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