Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2019 is the 19th iteration of the brand’s Birthday Bourbon series. It is bottled at 105 proof, which is the highest poof to-date for the Birthday Bourbon series. For this release, 11 year old barrels were chosen. 120 barrels were distilled on May 15th, 2008 and aged on the 2nd floor of Warehouse
Nose Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2019 :
Warm and rich with inviting baking spices that are immediately noticeable. Inhaling deeper reveals oak, banana bread, vanilla, cinnamon bark, and a touch of summer fruits. While there is a hint of ethanol – which is unusual for Birthday Bourbon – it truthfully is this noses only slight flaw holding it back from being perfect. The scents mingle well and are fantastic overall, foreshadowing the sip to come.
Palate: This one does well with a full sitting and experience. At the get go, lots of maraschino cherry, followed by vanilla. It’s complex, and found myself closing my eyes and allowing the flavors to rest on the palate. Really pretty. At 105 proof, it’s a flavorful whiskey, so let’s add a few drops of water. The cherry fades just enough and those classic bourbon flavors emerge with caramel and baking spice.