2020 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Will Hit Retail This September - The Whiskey Wash

2020 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Will Hit Retail This September

By Nino Marchetti / June 24, 2020

Brown-Forman’s Old Forester American whiskey label has announced the 2020 iteration of its popular Old Forester Birthday Bourbon release. This year’s offering marks the 20th such bottling of this popular bourbon, and, as always, it is released in celebration of founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday.

The 2020 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, according to those behind it, is made up of 95 barrels, aged 10 years and was barreled on June 5, 2010. It is said that, “after showing exceptionally unique character during a tasting panel, the 10-year-old barrels were chosen specifically for this year’s Birthday Bourbon. The full allotment of product represents one day’s production of Old Forester.”

2020 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

2020 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (image via Brown-Forman)

“Being part of the Birthday Bourbon selection process is one of my favorite parts of my job because of the legacy and tradition this expression represents,” said Jackie Zykan, Old Forester Master Taster, in a prepared statement. “We’re really proud of what we’ve produced this year and think it’s a great way to celebrate George’s birthday and Old Forester’s historic anniversary.”

“Founded by my great-great grandfather, Old Forester the only bourbon brand with an uninterrupted ­150-year history, sold by the same family company before, during and after Prohibition,” added Campbell Brown, Old Forester President. “Birthday Bourbon is the perfect way to celebrate his birthday and this milestone year makes it even more special.

“Its annual release has become something that bourbon lovers anticipate, and we really believe that the 2020 version is one of our best yet.”

This year’s Birthday Bourbon is bottled at 98 proof and set to price around $130 per 750 ml bottle. It will be available for purchase nationwide on an extremely limited basis starting at the beginning of September. You’ll find some official tasting notes at the end of this article for your consideration.

As a side note, Old Forester let it be known that “this is the third Birthday Bourbon to be bottled at the Old Forester Distilling Co. on Louisville’s Historic Whiskey Row.”

  • Color: Dusty Topaz
  • Aroma: A nuanced balance of white floral notes, magnolia and citrus, spiced with vanilla, buttery leather and cocoa powder. Countering the spice are sprinkles of brown sugar, white chocolate shavings, caramel drizzle and hints of tropical fruit.
  • Taste: Caramel and brittle toffee lead as the tropical character blooms into banana, mango, coconut flakes and macadamia nut.
  • Finish: Long and delicately drying with a hint of anise.
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