Old Forester has released this year’s expression of its Birthday Bourbon in honor of George Garvin Brown, the founder of Old Forester, America’s First Bottled Bourbon™. Launched seven years ago to commemorate Brown’s Birthday on September 2, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is a premium, historically award-winning bourbon and a must-have for bourbon enthusiasts.
This year’s vintage release of Old Forester is crafted from a 98 barrel batch of 97C19. These barrels were stored in the small warehouse B and larger warehouse J, on their 5th and 8th floors respectively. These upper floor locations exposed the barrels to a great degree of heat during the summer months which resulted in a rich, complex maturation profile.
Color – Chocolate brown with orange highlights
Aroma – Rich caramel layers with a combination of milk and dark chocolate notes dusted with brown sugar. A sprinkling of brown spice and a hint of orange peel round out the sweet character.
Taste – Warm, rich and slightly sweet with deep fruit and dark chocolate notes balanced by a touch of coconut and soft oak.
Finish – Intense and long with a smooth ending.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon has received unprecedented acclaim and has collected honors from USA Today, Malt Advocate, Wine & Spirits Magazine, and Santé.
A favorite among critics, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon has taken home gold from numerous tasting competitions including a gold medal in the 2005, 2006 & 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The 2007 expression was also named American Whiskey of the Year at WhiskyFest New York.
Depending on the market, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, a Brown-Forman product, retails between $35 – $40, and is sold at most liquor stores with a wide and varied range of bourbons. The 2008 edition of Birthday Bourbon is bottled at 94 proof.