Every year Old Forester celebrates the September 2 birthday of founder George Garvin Brown with the release of their extremely limited Birthday Bourbon. This year the batch got delayed (due to some issues with the glass supplier), so the bottles are just being released now.
If you're a bourbon enthusiast, or owe anyone a late holiday gift, this is the bottle. The 2005, 2006 & 2007 versions all took home gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and according to the distillers, the 08 is even better.
Unlike the standard Old Forester, which is a blend of whisky from several different years, Birthday Bourbon is a vintage-dated bourbon, hand-selected by the master distiller from one specific day. The result is a one-of-a-kind character and flavor that will never be replicated again. Its unique decanter style glass bottle is a throw back to the late 1800ís when Old Forester was first produced.
It is crafted from a 62 barrel batch that was distilled and barreled in the late summer of 1995, giving it 13 years to age, develop flavor, and mellow. The result is a taste profile that is full of rich fruit and caramel. Definitely something to celebrate.