Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is Back for 2021

Birthday Bourbon 2021. Courtesy Photo.

Old Forester’s coveted Birthday Bourbon is back for 2021 with a 12-year age statement.

As the only distillery with a 151-year history in the same family, Old Forester celebrates the birthday of founder George Garvin Brown every year on September 2nd with the release of their Birthday Bourbon. The unique, well-aged, and perfectly proofed expressions are comprised of barrels from just one day of distillation, with 2021’s coming from barrels laid down April 16th, 2009. Past releases have ranged from 9 to 14 years old, with proofs between 90 and 105. This year’s release tracks on the high end of both at 12 years and 104 proof.

“This year, we’ve composed a bold and compelling offering which showcases the unique fruit-forward side of Old Forester,” said Master Taster Jackie Zykan in a press release. “Playful berry undertones with summery dessert notes balance out to our flagship spice finish while taking sippers on a textural journey from velvety to dry mouthfeel.” Official tasting notes from Zykan are below.

Aroma: A beautiful symphony of berry and dessert components. Red raspberry preserves join plump, juicy blackberries and dried strawberries to set the tone, nestled in a bed of dried herbs and balanced with vanilla creme brulee, subtle pecan, rich maple syrup, and cocoa. 

Taste: Rich and inviting, the velvety mouthfeel carries notes of buttery caramel, burnt sugar, and a touch of fresh baked Linzer cookie. This silky palate quickly awakens into a bright, peppery, peripheral spice. 

Finish: Lengthy and warm with subtle dryness. Subdued notes of chocolate, raisin and cool herbs linger in the shadow of stark oak spice.

Bottles will be available at the distillery on Sept. 2, 2021 and nationwide in limited quantities for a suggested retail price of around $130.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.