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88 points

Old Forester Straight Rye, 50%

Old Forester’s first-ever rye and first new mashbill in 150 years, balanced at 65% rye, 20% malted barley, and 15% corn. Cinnamon, raspberries, blackberry, vanilla, and spiced oak greet the nose. The palate starts out sweet and fruity, then reveals an almond nuttiness, cinnamon, orange, and chili pepper. Water coaxes out ginger, pecan, and more heat. A smooth finish that’s still spicy, ending with a flourish of candied orange and rich chocolate.

Reviewed by: (Spring 2019)