Old Forester has unveiled the 2021 edition of its famed Birthday Bourbon. Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is a vintage-dated bourbon, hand-selected from one specific day of production and released each year on September 2nd to celebrate the birthday of Old Forester founder George Garvin Brown.
Bottled at 52% ABV, the 2021 release is made from 12-year-old barrels. To be exact, this batch comes from 119 barrels filled on April 16, 2009, all matured in Warehouse G.
“This year, we’ve composed a bold and compelling offering which showcases the unique fruit-forward side of Old Forester,” said Old Forester Master Taster Jackie Zykan. “Playful berry undertones with summery dessert notes balance out to our flagship spice finish while taking sippers on a textural journey from velvety to dry mouthfeel.”
A golden citrine in color, the bourbon offers aromas of berry and dessert components. Red raspberry preserves join plump, juicy blackberries and dried strawberries to set the tone, nestled in a bed of dried herbs and balanced with vanilla creme brulee, subtle pecan, rich maple syrup, and cocoa. The palate is rich and inviting with a velvety mouthfeel that delivers notes of buttery caramel, burnt sugar, and a touch of fresh baked Linzer cookie. The finish is described as “length and warm with subtle dryness. Subdued notes of chocolate, raisin and cool herbs linger in the shadow of stark oak spice.”
This year marks Old Forester’s 151st anniversary, which Zykan said is historic, as it makes Old Forester what’s said to be the only bourbon brand with an uninterrupted history, sold by the same family company before, during and after Prohibition.
The 21st Edition of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon will be available starting September 2nd at the retail shop at Old Forester Distilling Company in Louisville, Kentucky, and nationwide for $129.99 in limited 750ml bottles.
Head over to the brand’s official website for more information.