Old Forester ’86 Proof’ Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
Created in 1870, Old Forester is the only bourbon continuously distilled and marketed by the founding family before, during and after Prohibition.
This Kentucky Straight Bourbon is made from a mash bill of 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley. At 86 proof, Old Forester delivers a genuine bourbon experience, with rich, full flavour and a smooth character that is ideal for sipping neat, on the rocks, with a splash of water or in a classic cocktail.
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Our founder, George Garvin Brown, was born September 2, 1846 in Munfordville, KY. In 1863 he moved to Louisville to attend high school, and eventually became a pharmaceutical salesman. And it was that particular line of work that led him to create the First Bottled Bourbon, Old Forester, in 1870, named after Dr. William Forrester, the famous Civil War surgeon. In about 1874, about four years after it was introduced on the market one the r’s was dropped. The reason was simple more people knew a Forester with one “r” and it would be easier to market.
To guarantee consistency George batches bourbon from three nearby distilleries: Mattingly, Mellwood, and Atherton. He seals his whiskey exclusively in glass bottles and signs each bottle as his personal guarantee of its quality. In order to comply with the legal regulations specified by the U.S. Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, Old Forester increases from 90 proof to 100 proof.
The U.S. Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 requires that bourbon come from one distillery and one distilling season, George Garvin Brown purchases the Mattingly Distillery in 1901. In 1910, A fire on the bottling line shuts down production. Old Forester, which has been dumped and is ready to bottle instead goes into a second barrel while the line is repaired. Leading Old Forester to create and sell “Very Old Fine Whisky” the first double-barrelled bourbon.
Today, Old Forester remains the only bourbon continually sold by the same company before, during and after prohibition.