Old Forester Bourbon Birthday Edition 2020 750ml
Old Forester Bourbon Birthday Edition 2020
Firstly, The 2020 release of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon marks the 20th release of the series. Brown-Forman states that a total of 95 barrels were barreled on June 5, 2010. This is the third Birthday Bourbon to be bottle at the Old Forester Distilling Co. on Louisville’s Historic Whiskey Row. Master Distiller Chris Morris and Master Taster Jackie Zykan selected this year’s limited edition. No bottle count information was release. However the company states that the full allotment of product represents one day’s production of Old Forester. For more background, check out the company’s press release.
Rich brown sugars form a heavy base and are layer with rich oak and vanilla. Light hints of molasses and yellow cake gently intermix, however the star of the show is the classic bourbon notes. The classic opening scents, while few, are deeply rich and present a nose that’s timeless and quite frankly, fantastic.
Moreover, Heavy oak and spice kick things off with a strong hint of peppercorn and rye spice bringing forth a finish that is hotter than expected for a 100 proof bourbon. A dry leather note pops up on the backend helping to ground the finish away from the sweater notes found in the nose and palate. This provides for a more earthy quality, and it’s a pleasant way to end the sip. Old Forester Bourbon Birthday Edition 2020
Finally, Old Forrester has about as much tradition as you can get in a Bourbon. It is a single brand of Bourbon that has been continuously available for 145 years — most of that time from the same family of craftsmen at the same distillery. Interestingly, it was the first Bourbon to be available exclusively in sealed glass bottles. There was a lot of nefarious re-bottling and dilution going on and this was a way to ensure quality and integrity. Today it is owne by Brown-Forman, available in eight different varieties and is a sister Bourbon to Woodford Reserve.