Old Forester 2014 Birthday Bourbon

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 201312 years old, 97 proof

Estimated retail, about $60/750ml

The story: This limited edition of Old Forester is released every September in honor of Brown-Forman founder George Garvin Brown’s Sept. 2 birthday. Last year’s edition was particularly fine.

The aroma: Very rich nose, with notes of vanilla, caramel and light citrus

The taste: Dry and a little spicy on entry; creamy mid-palate with a distinct note of apricot; long finish with a pecan nuttiness.

The verdict: The candles on this year’s Birthday Bourbon burn a little brighter than last year’s – it has a bit more fire and spice. I think I prefer the 2013, but it’s a close one. This, too, is a complex, tasty bourbon.


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