040 – Is Old Forester the same thing as Woodford Reserve? with Jackie Zykan, Master Bourbon Specialist


Jackie Zykan, Master Bourbon Specialist for Old Forester, talks about each of the individual expressions and the history behind this Louisville based brand.

Show Notes:

  • We are coming to you from Rye On Market in Louisville
  • Tell us your coming to age of tale of bourbon
  • What is it about Old Forester that made you leave working behind the bar
  • Is Old Forester the same thing as Woodford Reserve?
  • What do you actually do as a Master Bourbon Specialist?
  • The name “Brown” has a stigma and prominence in Louisville. Talk about George Garvin Brown?
  • Where is the 2nd “R” in the name?
  • How did Old Forester move from sourcing to distilling it’s own stuff?
  • How did Old Forester survive prohibition?
  • Brown-Forman owns it’s own cooperage and what does that mean to you?
  • Talk about each of the Old Forester brands and what makes each unique compared to the next
  • What was the market reaction for the Whiskey Row edition?
  • Give the listeners some kind of idea behind Birthday Bourbon
  • What can you tell us about 2016 Birthday Bourbon
  • Give us some of the more well-known cocktails you make

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