Review: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2010 Edition

Review: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2010 Edition

The old bourbon masters at Old Forester never get tired of celebrating their birthday, and each year for the last eight years they’ve release a “Birthday Bourbon” in honor of the September 2 birth of George Brown (the namesake of Brown-Forman).

This edition of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon went into barrels in October 1997, making it just shy of 13 years old. As a budding pre-teen, this whisky is bold and brash, with an intensely woody nose. You needn’t look far to get that on the tongue, either — 12 years is a lifetime for a Kentucky whiskey — and the wood is overwhelming on the palate too.

But something funny happens during the finish. The wood melts away and leaves behind caramel, toffee, marshmallow, and some melted chocolate notes. The whiskey gets decidedly complex with some honey in there. It doesn’t taste nearly as hot as its 95 proof bottle strength would indicate. I found last year’s Birthday Bourbon to be a bit of an unwieldy smoke bomb. This year Old Forester has something to truly celebrate.

95 proof.

A / $50 / 

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2010 Edition




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. cange on September 28, 2010 at 8:28 am

    As my birthday is also September 2, I thought “Hey, Karma or something!” So I tried it and after 3, 4ozs I realized what it was I should be doing with my life: remain seated and drink this! We live in a time of great bourbons. Few other things could be called great in 2010, but this is so get your mitts on it!

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