Happy Birthday, George!

Happy Birthday to George Garvin Brown. The founder of Old Forester Bourbon and Brown-Forman Corp. was born Sept. 2, 1846, and in his honor, Brown-Forman has released a limited-edition Old Forester Birthday Bourbon every year since 2002.

Each of these bourbons is hand-picked by Master Distiller Chris Morris from one specifc day of production. The 2011 expression, bottled in 1999, has deep, rich fruit character and light spice, he says.

The bottle evokes the design of the late 1800s, when Old Forester, the first whiskey to be bottled, was originally produced. Brown-Forman has shipped 1,388 cases of them to fine liquor stores everywhere. I found a good deal at Party Mart in Brownsboro Center.

Happy 165th, George.

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