Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, America’s First Bottled Bourbon, introduces its 17th release of Birthday Bourbon – the annual limited-edition expression created to pay homage to founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday on September 2nd. The 2017 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon was drawn from 12 year old barrels from different warehouses and floors. A total of 120 barrels; 93 barrels matured together on the 4th floor of G warehouse, yielding an extremely spice forward expression. The remaining 27 barrels matured together on the 5th floor of K warehouse contributing a rounding sweetness to the blend. Several barrels from both lots basked in the sun, highlighting the effects of maturation along an external wall.
On the nose is toasted oak and black pepper, the company says, with a heavy suggestion of orange oil and toffee. The taste is of oak spice and charred black pepper over a subtle core of chocolate custard and kola nut. The finish is a spicy perimeter mouthfeel, the company reports, with floral undertones and cocoa powder.
This year’s Birthday Bourbon will be presented at both 96 proof and 95.4 proof. This distinction is identifiable in the proof statements on the bottle.
The 2017 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon will be on shelves with a suggested retail price of $79.99.