50% alcohol/Vol 100 Proof, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Being an Old Forester Fan, I was ecstatic when my wife found me a bottle of 2015 Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon. I believe this batch was limited to about 14,000 bottles so they are hard to come by in our state. It’s great that George Gavin Brown’s birthday is September 2nd, so this release always comes during bourbon heritage month. I haven’t been lucky enough to find the 2017 edition, but it isn’t for lack of trying. Being a higher retail price of $80, you’d really except this bottle to stand and deliver. It’s a good bourbon, but for my taste I have others that I’d chase first at that price point.
The legs are long and thin with an auburn honey appearance.
The nose is wood, raisin and dried fruit with a hint of oily bitter herbs.
The initial taste is dried wood, tobacco, nuts, and spice. Going back for additional sips, I experience how dry it is with bitterness more akin to other alcohols. I’m also getting some burnt citrus peel and a touch of honey. The finish is long and spicy with wonderful tobacco, charred wood and added leather. I feel the finish is where the 12-year aging is most apparent. The bourbon is much more complex than most of the Old Forester line that I’ve had, it’s surprising and challenging in a great way. I think this pour really benefitted from sitting in the glass for 30 minutes. My last taste was the best of the glass. I enjoyed this Birthday celebration so much that we are constantly on the lookout for other birthday years.