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SLIDESHOW: Old Forester Single Barrel Program

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Anyone who is a big fan of Old Forester bourbon can buy their own barrel at the Brown-Forman Distillery.

It's a pricey purchase -- $7,500 for a barrel that yields 220 individually-numbered 750ml bottles of Old Forester. 

"It doesn't have to be a single individual," says master distiller Chris Morris. "You could form a little syndicate where you and four or five other people chip in and have your share of the experience."

Each bottle features the date it was bottled as well as a tag with the buyer's name or company logo.  And you get to keep the barrel, which will include a personalized barrel head.

All that follows a "tasting experience" inside the warehouse in a special tasting room.  The customer can sample each of the three selections offered and decide which one to buy.

"We love to have people come to the distillery," adds Morris, "and see the history of the brand and then come to the warehouse among all the barrels and select their own brand of Old Forester."

The single barrel program is a salute to Brown Forman's founder.

"It was George Garvin Brown who first put bourbon in a glass bottle and who really created the consumer demand that we have today for this great industry," explains Morris.

The single barrel program for Old Forester begins nationwide on May 1st. 

You can make an order at www.oldforester.com.

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