Monday, August 15, 2016


Old Forester has announced the launch of its 15th Birthday Bourbon release, the annual limited-edition expression which was created to pay homage to distillery founder George Garvin Brown.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2016 Edition (48.5% ABV) was produced using barrels that were uniquely matured together on the 5th floor of Warehouse K at the Brown-Forman Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2016 Edition

Each of the 93 barrels chosen for the Birthday Bourbon selections are drawn from the same day of production, this year's on June 4, 2004, leading to the 'vintage-dated' reference.

The casks for this year’s release were chosen jointly by Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris and Old Forester Master Bourbon Specialist Jackie Zykan. This year marks Zykan's first involvement with the Birthday Bourbon release since joining the brand in 2015.

Commenting on the launch, Chris Morris, said: "In 2002, when we first introduced Birthday Bourbon, the market for premium bourbons was almost non-existent. Birthday Bourbon represented a 'first' in this category, but 15 years later, global interest for premium bourbons and well-crafted whiskeys is at a record high. We're proud to have been a part of this story – not just over the last 15 years, but since George Garvin Brown founded America's First Bottled Bourbon in 1870." 

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is bottled in a unique decanter style glass as tribute to the late 1800's when Old Forester was first produced.

Limited to 2,400 bottles, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2016 Edition, will be available early next month from specialist retailers across the US, for a RRP of $79.99.

Posted by Steve Rush