Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is an annual release on September 2nd celebrating George Brown’s birthday–the founder of Old Forester. This is a 12yr bottled at 97 proof. I was not a huge fan of last year’s OFBB and I’m hoping this year is better.
Beautiful dark amber with golden hues.
Nose has mushroom, forestry smells off the bat with nail polish undertones. After waiting a while the acetone goes into the background and candied orange peel, charcoal, graham cracker and cloves hit the nose.
The taste is smooth and easy going. Solid warmth but not overly complex. The finish is moderate and enjoyable with further spice flavors coming out in the back.
Birthday Bourbon kicks off Bourbon Season so it’s always a whiskey people feel the need to get. But this one, like last year’s, isn’t a must buy. If you find it at retail price, go for it, but don’t feel the need to pay up. Add a little water to increase the smoothness, but it doesn’t make any significant improvements. 86/100.
Here’s last year’s review: https://newbourbondrinker.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/old-forester-birthday-bourbon-2015/