Old Forester Distillery - 2023 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Bottle

George Garvin Brown is the founder of Old Forester Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. George was born September 2, 1846 and the brand has been celebrating his birthday with a release of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Whisky for the last 23 years.

George Garvin Brown - Born September 2, 1846 - Died January 24, 1917
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George Garvin Brown – Born September 2, 1846 – Died January 24, 1917

Birthday Bourbon Available at Retail Locations and via Sweepstakes

Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon bottles will be available for purchase nationwide at select retailers and for the second year in a row via a national sweepstakes.

To try to level the playing field on how consumers can get their hands on a bottle of Birthday Bourbon, Old Forester introduced a national sweepstakes last year and they will be doing the same thing this year. The national sweepstakes will be running from August 24 through August 30, 2023. No longer can you stand in front of the distiller for 24+ hours in a line and hope to score a bottle. In fact, they explicitly are telling fans that Birthday Bourbon bottles will not be sold at the Old Forester Distillery on September 2.

Sweepstakes winners will be chosen on September 2, 2023 and bottles will be available for pickup at the distillery between September 8, 2023 through December 23, 2023.

2023 Birthday Bourbon is a 12-Year-old 96 Proof Bourbon

“Every year, Birthday Bourbon is a unique opportunity for lovers of Old Forester to taste a snapshot of bourbon that was laid down over a decade ago. This year’s 12-year-old offering serves up a classic Old Forester profile that honors George Garvin Brown’s ongoing legacy,” said Old Forester Master Taster Melissa Rift.

Old Forester Distillery - 2023 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is a 12 Year Old 96 Proof Whisky
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This limited edition, vintage-dated expression provides bourbon lovers with a one-of-a-kind flavor profile.

Release Specs

No. of Barrels: 103
Fill Date: May 5, 2011
Warehouse: I, 5th Floor
Age at Bottling: 12 Years
Proof: 96° (48% ABV)

Tasting Notes

Color: Rich aged leather.
Aroma: Bright candied citrus and floral overtones give way to rich turbinado sugar and roasted coffee beans as slight cedar and charred oak round out the nose.
Taste: Subtle citrus with heavy notes of dark honey, molasses, and charred oak.
Finish: A dry toasty oaked caramel with lingering bittersweet tannins.

Here are a few points of interest for the sweepstakes.

Prize winners will be notified via e-mail on George Garvin Brown’s Birthday on September 2, 2023.

  • Sweepstakes winners will have to pick up their Birthday Bourbon in person at the distillery before December 23, 2023.
  • Old Forester Distillery will NOT be selling bottles at the distillery on September 2, 2023
  • There will be some random unannounced days and times when there may be a gift shop release or in conjunction with select tastings or tours. 
  • Additional opportunities to purchase will not be announced in advance. 

The 2023 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Whisky has a suggested retail price is $169.99.

For more information on how to enter the sweepstakes and additional rules and regulations, please visit Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Sweepstakes here. Note: This link will be working when the sweepstakes begins.

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