Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2018
Old Forester // Kentucky, USA
This annual limited edition bourbon is set to release on the 2nd of September, the birthday of founder George Garvin Brown. This year's edition was hand-selected by master taster Jackie Zykan and is the first iteration to be bottled at the new Old Forester Distilling Co. in Louisville. It was produced from 120 barrels all distilled on a single day of production: June 9, 2006. Aged for 12 years, the barrels were selected from the third floor from the northwest side of two warehouses; 93 from Warehouse J and 27 from Warehouse I. Only 2400 six-bottle cases were produced. Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2018 is bottled at 101 proof, the highest proof to date for any Birthday Bourbon release.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2018 is full of treats -- nothing too surprising other than the sheer variety of them. For starters, the aroma brings salted caramels, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and a hint of char smoke hovering above it all. The body is a solid medium, not too thin, but not rich and chewy. The highlight of the bourbon is its conclusion, but thankfully it is a lengthy one. It's tangy featuring roasted peach, cherry, and orange zest along with warm barrel spices tying it all up. A fantastic way to end your terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."