Each year, Old Forester releases a Birthday Bourbon to honor George Garvin Brown, the founder of Old Forester and Louisville-based Brown-Forman. 2012 marks the 11th limited-edition release.
Created by Master Distiller Chris Morris, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is vintage-dated. The 82 barrel batch was selected from a single day of production, so its character and flavor profile will never be replicated.
“That day’s mash bill had 2% extra malt added to the fermenter resulting in the creation of a more nutty spirit,” said Morris. “Once barreled the bourbon was ricked on the fourth floor in warehouses H and I where it experienced a balanced maturation environment. There the angels’ share resulted in low barrel yields and therefore intense barrel flavor concentration.”
“The 2012 Birthday Bourbon expression is full of ripe fruit character with oak sweetness, warming spices and almond nuttiness,” said Morris. “A rich aroma and a long, warm finish make this yet another must-have release.”
The 2012 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is 12 years old and bottled at 97 proof. It has a suggested retail price of $49.99.