Highland Festival Grounds | September 19 - 22, 2024

Melissa Rift

Melissa Rift has the best job in the world –Master Taster for Old Forester.

She’s paid to taste the best bourbon in the world, and she gets to share a taste with others while educating them about the rich history and continued quality of the first bottled bourbon.

Old Forester, founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown, is the only American Whiskey to exist before, during and after Prohibition –and now that tradition continues under Melissa’s guidance.

Melissa loves a great cocktail (especially a Boulevardier), and she loves her wife Brittany and their four furry children –dogs Ruby and Tucker and cats Scout and Missy Elliott.