Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tasting: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2013

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2013
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Brown Forman Shively Distillery
Age: 12 years
Proof/ABV: 98 Proof
Mash Bill:  Unknown
Average US Price: $55 in 2013
Release: September 2nd 2013

Points: 91/100

Happy Birthday Son of Winston Churchill

It is hard to believe it has been a full year all ready, but it has. We are one year old today, and it’s time to celebrate, and what better way to celebrate a birthday then, with a big pour of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon!

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (OFBB) is released every year on September 2nd, to honor one of Brown Forman’s founders; George Garvin Brown. OFBB has been a once a year limited release since 2002. Each year, Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris selects a set of barrels that were distilled and filled on a single day of production. These barrels are pulled after turning 12 years and are blended together then bottled at 98 proof.

This is the info from the Old Foresters website. “Each year on September 2nd – in honor of our founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday – Old Forester releases a limited-edition, 12-year old vintage-dated expression. Old Forester Birthday Bourbon has become a must-have for bourbon enthusiasts who want to experience the ultimate in rare handcrafted bourbon. Since its introduction in 2002, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon has received unprecedented acclaim, with an impressive collection of national and international whisky honors.”

Happy Birthday to us and Cheers!

On to the review

Simply wonderful. Maple syrup, rich chocolate, caramel, and pecans pop up first. Then there is cinnamon, cherries and oak.

Full bodied and rich. Tons of caramel and maple sweetness up front. Then orange zest, berry jam, cinnamon, pepper, and charred oak.

Love this finish. Long and sweet. Candied pecans, brown sugar, and cherry wood.

Photo & Review By: Aaron Cave