Old Forester launches single barrel programme in UK

09 September, 2019
Old Forester single barrell

Old Forester has introduced a single barrel programme to the UK which will be available to the trade from autumn 2019.

Eight bartenders from London, Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh travelled to Kentucky earlier in the year with Old Forester master taster Jackie Zykan to select the first UK barrel.

“Just like a fingerprint, each barrel is truly singular,” said Zykan. “This unique expression is hand selected by bourbon enthusiasts, each bottling impossible to replicate. 

“A buyer can select a custom flavour profile to enjoy on its own, over ice or curate completely unique cocktail recipes, whether you want something with balanced baking spice for a classic Old Fashioned or more vibrant flavours for a Whiskey Smash, each barrel’s unique profile creates a palate of flavours for cocktails to come to life.”

Old Forester Single Barrel will be available at Cottonopolis, Smokestack, Science & Industry, Swift, Hoot the Redeemer, All Star Lanes, Royal Institution and other specialist off-trade retailers.

Each barrel is aged between four and five years and selected from a variety of locations within the barrel house to allow for maximum diversity of flavour. 


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