Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2018 Release)

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2018 Release)

(0.75l, 50.5%)


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What if Marylin’s birthday song was a Bourbon?
Sometime in the 1850s, an entire street in Louisville’s center was dedicated to Bourbon production, called Whiskey Row. Soon after that, the first Bourbon in sealed glass bottles was introduced and they called it Old Forester, named after Dr. William Forrester, the local pharmacist and a good patron of George G. Brown, the Whiskey maker. Now, who names their new product after their favorite customer anymore? Then, in 1910 (hence the name on the bottle), Old Forester had a fire in the bottling line, so in order to save the precious amber potion, they moved the batch into new, charred oak barrels. When they fixed the distillery and tried the stored Bourbon, their minds were blown. In 1924, Old Forester moved and when Prohibition is repealed, Whiskey production skyrockets. Today, Old Forester is basically the only Bourbon distilled by the founding family before, during and after Prohibition.
In 2002, Old Forester celebrated the 156th birthday of its founder with a limited-edition Birthday Bourbon, which was named the American Whiskey of the Year in 2003. In 2006, 120 barrels of the 18th edition were distilled, and the celebratory expression was bottled in 2018. Garvin Brown would've been 172 then. This is the most potent Birthday Bourbon (101 proof) and there are only 2,400 bottles out there. This rarity is extremely Old Forester, but elevated and enhanced - rich, palatial and very complex.
  • Category
  • Style
    Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old

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dark cherry
dark chocolate
What does Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2018 Release) taste like?

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The temperatures of American warehouses are much higher, so the pace of maturation is much quicker for Bourbons than for Scotch Whiskies

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Focused and opulent dark cherry opening followed by notes of caramel, dark chocolate, smoked almond and charred oak.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Light sweetness evolves into a warm and layered spicy palate with notes of lemon, honey and cherry.
Long and dry finish with herbal sweetness outro.
Ratings & Reviews
It's a very good bourbon. It's everything you like about bourbon done well. Not terribly complex but solid. For the price that they're asking for on here - hard pass. Even for the secondary market price (which is lower by about $200 by the way), I'd say no. But if you can get this at a store lottery at near retail ($100-150) I'd buy it all day every day.
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