Old Forester to release Birthday Bourbon

Old Forester is celebrating their birthday with the release of a new bourbon. When will it hit stores? What are its flavor notes?

Old Forester is once again celebrating founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday with their annual release of Birthday Bourbon. This will be the brands 19th consecutive iteration and will be released later this year on September 2.

Old Forester: bottle of bourbon and a glass with bourbon and a brick wall in the backgroundThe 2019 Birthday Bourbon is 105 proof, which is the highest proof to-date for this expression. The 11-year old barrels were chosen specifically for Birthday Bourbon. The full allotment of the product will represent just one day’s production of Old Forester.

“Birthday Bourbon selections have ranged from nine- to 14-years-old since the expression was first launched in 2002,” said Jackie Zykan, Old Forester Master Taster. “When selecting the barrels for this year, we found something truly exceptional in this lot and we’re proud to call it our 2019 Birthday Bourbon.”

There is a total of 120 barrels that were distilled on May 15, 2008. Master Distiller Chris Morris and Master Taster Jackie Zykan selected and proofed this year’s limited edition.

“September is a special month for us at Old Forester. We get to mark, in a public manner, through a carefully curated expression; the bourbon my great, great grandfather founded. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the legacy George left behind,” said Campbell Brown, Old Forester President. “And yes, I wish it was easier to locate!”

Notes from the Master Taster, Jackie Zykan:

  • Color: Raw Honey
  • Aroma: Butterscotch and toffee dominate, supported by layers of sweet melon and cornbread
  • Taste: Rich oak spice and blackcurrant instantly warm coupled with light maple, caramel cake and white floral notes
  • Finish: Peppermint tea sweetened with honey, with ever long Szechuan Peppercorn




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