Old Forester has been crafted using the time-honored methods established by George Garvin Brown, the founder of Louisville-based Brown-Forman and Old Forester, which they call “America’s First Bottled Bourbon.”
To commemorate Brown’s September 2nd birthday, Old Forester annually releases thisn expression.
Old Forester tells BourbonBlog.com that 2015 marks the 14th limited edition release of the coveted 12-year-old product but the first time Birthday Bourbon is offered at 100 Proof available now for a suggested retail price between $69.99-$79.99. Only 2200 (6 bottle) cases will be available for purchase nationwide.
Selected from a single day of production, this limited edition small batch bourbon is vintage-dated (June 13, 2003) – offering a one-of-a-kind character and flavor profile that will never be replicated. Its unique decanter style glass bottle is a throwback to the late 1800’s when Old Forester was first produced. Each bottle features the founder’s signature and the year in which the bourbon was barreled and bottled.
The 2015 Birthday Bourbon joins two other 100 proof Old Forester expressions on the shelves: 100 proof Signature and newly released this summer, Whiskey Row Series 1897 Bottled in Bond (pictured below).
“This particular lot of barrels is unusual because it matured in the same warehouse location instead of multiple sites. The lot aged near a window and close to a heat cycling duct, exposing all of the barrels to very high temperatures, resulting in the very robust, intense wood-derived characteristics exhibited by this exceptional vintage,” Master Distiller Chris Morris tells us.
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