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Old Forester 2009 Birthday Bourbon

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Old Forester 2009 Birthday Bourbon

A typical bottle of Old Forester Bourbon contains whiskey from a number of different years. But their Birthday Bourbon is actually vintage-dated, like a bottle of fine wine. In fact, the bourbon is all from one specific day of production, making this beverage impossible to duplicate. This particular year's model was distilled in the spring of 1997, aged for a dozen years in oak, and then bottled in 2009. There is brown sugar on the nose, and oak and plenty of alcohol on the palate of this 97-proof dynamo. This potent potable marks the kind of birthday where cigars are lit, not just candles. Also like wine, we recommend letting this open up a bit before sipping.

Old Forester is the only bourbon to be produced before, during and after Prohibition, but the Birthday Bourbon series didn't begin until 2002. The product, which is produced in different strengths in different years, celebrates the birthday of the dearly departed George Garvin Brown, the founder of Old Forester, the first man to bottle bourbon, and the Brown of liquor giant "Brown-Forman." It's someone else's birthday, but you get the present!

Price: $38



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