Aged: 12 years
Product of: United States
First introduced in 2002, each year’s release of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon celebrates the work of George Garvin Brown who founded Old Forester, America’s first bottled bourbon in 1870. Fittingly, each year’s Birthday Bourbon is released on 2nd September, Brown’s own birthday.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 25/09/2012
Clear, deep golden amber with burnished gold highlights.
Pungent leathery caramel, cedar wood and warm clove with vanilla, toasted hazelnut and hints of anise and dark berry fruit.
Muscular dry oak and clove spice with vanilla, nutmeg, dark chocolate, old varnished wood and old leather.
Lingering clove spiced dry oak.
Although a high proof this is best appreciated with water on the side rather than in the bourbon. Dilution seems to dull the sweet vanillins and amplify the dry oakyness.