Old Forester Birthday 2015 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

The Data

Category   Whiskey

Sub-Category   Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Origin   Louisville, KY

Retail Price   $79.99

ABV   50%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant bronze with accents of burnt orange.

Aromatics

This is a very aromatic Bourbon offering a complex set of aromatics featuring generous oak notes, sweet vanilla, dried orchard fruits, cigar box, orange peel, toasted walnuts, dried herbs, and brown baking spices.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering more pepper upfront than the nose suggests while quickly developing a lush and spicy fruit and caramel core with loads of baking spices building on the finish.

Intensity & Texture

This is a full-throttle Bourbon that marries intensity with complexity.

Cool Factor

A

The Old Forester Birthday edition is one of my favorite Bourbon offerings and it never disappoints while managing to be different each and every time.

Value Grade

B

It's not cheap but did you think it would be or could be? This is a rare, limited edition that is savored by Bourbon lovers everywhere who are lucky enough to capture a bottle.

Analysis

This is the 14th edition of the Birthday Bourbon and an instant classic. It's made from a single day of production and this version is made from a selection of barrels that have aged in close proximity in a warehouse location that was near a window and a heating duct exposing the casks to high heat. Heat causes the Spirit to plunge deep into the wood and stay there for some time resulting in an assertive Bourbon with generous wood notes.

How to Enjoy

A splash of water is nearly mandatory as it brings all of the flavors and aromatics into focus and tames the fiery strength.

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