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Bottling NameOld Forester Birthday Bourbon 2005
Bottled ByBrown-Forman Distillers Company Louisville,Ky
TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content96 Proof
Availability US: No Longer Available Japan: Unknown Duty Free: Not Available Europe: Unknown
Views (since 20080612) 5214
Bottling Info Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

Vintage 1993 Spring Season

* Release date-Friday, September 2, 2005
* 96 proof
* Less than 7,000 bottles produced

This Vintage release of Old Forester was chosen to honor the birthday of George Garvin Brown, the Bourbon industry's pioneer and our founder. Once bottled, its unique character will never be replicated again.

The Old Forester new make spirit was drawn off an experimental mash and then distilled on May 27 and barreled on June 2, 1993. The distillery was trying out a different malted barley supplier, and the new barley produced a slightly lighter-bodied spirit than usual. This spirit was entered into new, charred white oak barrels from Blue Grass Cooperage, and of the 368 barrels filled only 41 remain today.

These barrels were then aged on the upper floors of Warehouse H and were exposed to very warm temperatures and dry conditions throughout their 12 years. These conditions resulted in a higher than average Angel's Share loss which concentrated the rich toasted and charred oak notes in the remaining spirit.

You'll find the nose of this brilliant orange-red bourbon to be rich with incredibly sweet vanilla, caramel and maple syrup notes that evolve into a layer of creamy butterscotch, as well as deep and full of light mint and dried fruit.

The Birthday Bourbon taste is smooth with hints of cedar and oak laced with spice covered with a delicate candy store selection. And the finish is very clean and apply crisp with little oak effect... very light for 12-year old bourbon. We're confident you'll find this year's Birthday Bourbon to be one to savor.

- info courtesy old forester's website, birthday bourbon section

Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1077, Created:20080509013643)
Purchased at:
Purchased for:trade
Info on this bottle:Distilled 93, Bottled 05
Nose:Nose: supper light Cinnamon and apples (almost like apple jacks). Sweat melon, cantaloupe and honeydew. Rich vanilla like a ponderosa pine tree. The sweetness is defiantly there from the corn and I want to say light rye
Finish:Follows the taste and nose perfectly. Fairly unusual for that to happen I think. Alcohol, leather, sweetness and all the other rushing flavors are in a great balance
Overall:This give the 07 a run. WOW That sweet tea is definitly there. My god is this good stuff

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 430, Created:20060318083435)
Purchased at:Bourbon's Bistro Bar
Purchased for:8.00
Info on this bottle:Standard Bottle
Proof Of this Bottle:96
Nose:Fruit and spice - rich apricots and cinnamon and nutmeg spice, tobacco and fine leather.
Taste:Very smooth with no alcohol burn but a nice warmth - fruity with dates and apricots and cinnamon and nutmeg spices.
Finish:Very clean and fruity with a hint of vanilla and spice.
Overall:Drink it neat.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 326, Created:20051231162337)
Purchased at:Part of a basket from Oscar Getz Museum Auction
Info on this bottle:Distilled 1993, bottled 2005
Proof Of this Bottle:96
Nose:Candied fruit with rich caramel and dried apricots with a little clove and nutmeg spice. Just a hint of oak is found on the nose.
Taste:Smooth and crisp with rich fruit flavor - apricots and dates, with some nice pepper spice, fine leather and caramel. No alcohol burn but a very nice mouth feel - slightly thick and pleasantly warm.
Finish:This is a wonderfull finish with a sweet caramel/vanilla start leading into a nice clean oak that last and last.
Overall:This is a great bourbon neat as a before dinner drink to cleanse the palate and set the stage for a good meal. It is also a nice bourbon for sipping on with a good book and a fire.

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