During the late 19th century, an overwhelming number of distilleries throughout the United States were still not aging their whiskey. As a result, some retailers would add juices and syrups to sweeten the whiskey, while others would add acid and tobacco to give their whiskey its signature, amber hue.
In 1870, George Garvin Brown - a young pharmaceuticals salesman from Kentucky - saw the need for a consistently high-quality whiskey that would remain unadulterated after distillation. After saving $5,500, Brown and his brother opened the doors to J.T.S. Brown & Bro. Distillery and began distilling bourbon. Unlike other distilleries at the time, Brown aged his bourbon, which was named Old Forester, in oak casks and bottled it in a sealed glass bottle to ensure authenticity and quality. Since its introduction in 1870, Old Forester has been on the market continuously, even during Prohibition, when it continued to be sold for medicinal purposes. It is the only bourbon continuously distilled and marketed by the founding family before, during and after Prohibition.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is made from a mash of corn, rye and malted barley. After the grains have been milled and mashed, they are fermented for five to seven days with a proprietary yeast strain that is grown fresh daily at the distillery. This extra-long fermentation process ensures that the bourbon has an unparalleled depth and complexity. Following fermentation, the grains are twice distilled before being matured in new, American oak casks for twelve years.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon honors the birthday of George Brown, who was born on September 2. The bourbon is crafted from whiskey distilled on a single day of production and hand-selected by Master Distiller Chris Morris. In addition, since the limited-edition bourbon is vintage-dated, it can never be replicated.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2011 Release) has a bold and complex aroma of citrus, dried fruits, brown sugar and roasted nuts. The aroma gives way to notes of silky fruits, caramel, and vanilla on the palate, and finishes with touches of allspice, cinnamon and oak. The bourbon earned a score of 94 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2011.
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98 (49% ABV)
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Bold and complex aroma of citrus, dried fruits, brown sugar and roasted nuts. Notes of silky fruits, caramel, and vanilla on the palate. Finishes with touches of allspice, cinnamon and oak.