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Old Forester 2013 Birthday Bourbon

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Old Forester 2013 Birthday Bourbon is not too sweet, not too strong, but just right for most palates

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 year's model is a "Goldilocks" Bourbon; not too sweet, not too strong, but just right for most palates. Despite its 98-proof, there is no alcoholic burn, just an enjoyable tang in the aftertaste.

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: $55



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