Founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown, it was the first bottled bourbon in the US and is still run by the founders’ descendants. Available in 100cl bottles, it is the first time it has been distributed outside of the US.
Old Forester is still made to the original recipe of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley, with a rich, bold taste from the high rye content. It is twice distilled and bottled at 43% ABV.
In the 19th century, the custom was to ship whisky in barrels and pour it into decanters in the bar, leaving it up to the bar owner and bartenders to dilute the whisky as they wished.
To ensure the quality of his bourbon, George Garvin Brown was the first to put it in sealed glass bottles, with labels bearing his personal written guarantee and his handwritten signature.
It is the oldest bourbon brand in continuous production, surviving Prohibition when it was sold on a medicinal licence.
Mangrove managing director Nick Gillett said: “It is an honour to represent the Brown family and the product on which the Brown-Forman company was founded.
“Old Forester exemplifies our unique approach to product selection. It’s a perfect addition to the Mangrove portfolio. It broadens our range and further strengthens our position in the premium and specialist sectors.”
Mangrove’s portfolio also includes Herradura and El Jimador tequilas, Santa Teresa rum, Mozart liqueurs and Elements 8 rums.
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