Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is a once a year celebration of founder Garvin Brown’s birthday. The batch is always made from a single day’s production. This bourbon is from June 13, 2003 and was aged near a window and heating duct. As a result, the barrels were exposed to higher temperatures than regular. This is the first year it has been bottled at a higher 100 proof. Let’s see what this pour has to offer.
Nose: Great nose! Bold and rich caramel. Vanilla. Orange peel. Fresh oak. Tobacco.
Palate: Again with the rich caramel. Yummy! Fresh oak. Pretty nice mouthfeel. Orange on the back palate. Actually pretty hot for a 100 proof. Feels more like a 110 or 120 proofed whiskey. There is some astringency at back end of the palate.
Finish: Caramel. Pepper. Oak. Cinnamon spice. Chocolate powder. A solid finish for sure,
Grade: 90 – 92 (A-) = Excellent, Want to buy a case
I came into this pour with low expectations. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the 2014 release. It was far too astringent for me. To the point, that I gifted the bottle I had to a friend. The 2015 still has some astringency, but far less present. Most sips I don’t even notice it. Nose is the best part of this pour, but the palate and finish are no slouch either. A nice deep and rich caramel bomb pour. The suggested retail is around $80. I would buy a couple of bottles of the 2015 release. Cheers!
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