Old Forester Distillery - Master Taster Melissa Rift, Assistant Master Distiller Caleb Trigo and Master Distiller Chris Morris

Old Forester Distillery in LouisvilleKentucky is the home to Brown-Forman’s original brand dating back to 1870. It’s a bourbon brand that has existed before, during, and after Prohibition.

Old Forester has announced that it is adding to its distilling leadership team by naming Caleb Trigo as Assistant Master Distiller, overseeing quality and innovation. Trigo will be responsible for overall quality control and distillery operations in addition to providing technical leadership and supporting brand advocacy efforts.

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Old Forester Distillery Assistant Master Distiller Caleb Trigo.

“I am both honored and humbled to step into the role of Assistant Master Distiller safeguarding and bolstering the founding brand of our company,” said Trigo.

“Making the best bourbon takes passion, time, and careful attention to quality. I am honored to study under the leadership of Chris Morris, one of the most admired Master Distillers in the world.”

“I have admired Caleb’s skills and his determination to improve his knowledge and skill level since he came into our company as a co-op during his college years,” said Old Forester Master Distiller Chris Morris. “He will help lead Old Forester to new heights.”

Trigo has been with Brown-Forman, Old Forester’s parent company, since 2009 and spent more than five years as an operations leader at the Old Forester Distillery located on historic Whiskey Row along Louisville’s Main Street.

Trigo will join Master Taster Melissa Rift in supporting the growth of Old Forester. Trigo has a master’s degree in Distilling from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Louisville. He began his Brown-Forman career as a process engineering co-op in Research & Development.

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Master Distiller, Assistant Master Distillery and Master Taster – Oh My

We asked Old Forester to describe the difference between Master Distiller, Assistant Master Taster and now Assistant Master Distiller.

  • Master Distiller – The Master Distiller role is deeply involved in the actual production of whiskey.
  • Assistant Master Distiller – The Assistant Master Distiller has overall responsibility for the liquid and future innovations as well as brand advocacy.
  • Master Taster – The Master Taster is focused on brand advocacy and advises on liquid and innovations.

Trigo and his husband, Anthony, live in Louisville. Trigo is an avid traveler and foodie, and his favorite cocktail is an Old Forester Boulevardier.

Old Forester is Brown-Forman’s founding brand, founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. Brown believed Old Forester was so pure and consistent that he sealed it, signed it, and pledged, “There is nothing better in the market.”

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