Old Forester Announces Birthday Bourbon 2019

Attention whiskey fans: Old Forester has released details about its 2019 Birthday Bourbon.

This highly sought-after vintage-dated expression will be the brand’s 19th consecutive iteration. Each year, Old Forester releases Birthday Bourbon on September 2 to commemorate the birthday of the distillery’s founder.

The 2019 Birthday Bourbon is presented at 105 proof, the highest proof to date. It is comprised of 11-year-old barrels. The full allotment of product represents one day’s production at Old Forester.

A total of 120 barrels were distilled on May 15, 2008, and aged on the second floor of Warehouse I. The expression has flavors of rich oak spice and blackcurrant, the company reports, coupled with light maple, caramel cake and white floral notes. On the nose are butterscotch and toffee, supported by layers of sweet melon and cornbread. The finish is peppermint tea sweetened with honey— and with Szechuan Peppercorn.

“September is a special month for us at Old Forester,” says Campbell Brown, Old Forester president. “We get to mark, in a public manner, through a carefully curated expression, the bourbon my great, great grandfather founded. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the legacy George left behind.”

“And yes, I wish it was easier to locate!” Brown adds.


The 2019 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is offered at a suggested retail price of $99.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Roughly 2,200 (six-bottle) cases will be available for purchase nationwide, depending on the final yield.

To find where you can purchase this year’s Birthday Bourbon, check out OldForester.comfor a retailer near you.


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