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2009 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon being bottled

July 8th, 2009

Our wait for this year’s Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is nearly over. My sources at Brown-Forman tell me the whiskey is being bottled next week. Here’s some information I received on it:

This year’s vintage release of Old Forester is crafted from a 98 barrel batch of 97C19.  These barrels were stored in the small warehouse B and larger warehouse J, on their 5th and 8th floors respectively.  These upper floor locations exposed the barrels to a great degree of heat during the summer months which resulted in a rich, complex maturation profile.

Depending on the market, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, a Brown-Forman product, retails for $39.99 and is sold at most liquor stores with a wide and varied range of bourbons. The 2009 edition of Birthday Bourbon is bottled at 97 proof to correspond with the year it was distilled, 1997.

I’ll be getting a review sample of the product soon after it’s bottled, so stay tuned.

5 Responses to “2009 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon being bottled”

  1. murphy says:

    Does this imply that it will be released earlier than the traditional fall date?

  2. Kyle Nadeau says:

    I hope this is more reminiscent of the 2007 BB as i was a little unimpressed with the 2008 bottling, maybe I just had to wait to long. On a side note have you, John, or any one had any of the Four Roses Limited Edition 2009. Anything on the way about that whiskey?

  3. Todd says:

    Great! I love the OFBBs. Last year’s release did not measure up the previous release, but the bar is very high when considering all years of OFBB. I still find bottles of my favorite release here and there, including one last week (2nd release, distilled Spring 1990). Chris Morris’ careful consideration of the barrels is fascinating and it is fun to compare and contrast different years (2005 and 2006 was an interesting comparison). I hope they hold to a Fall release, unlike last year.

  4. John Hansell says:

    murphy, it depends on how quickly they get it into distribution. My press release didn’t specify an “on shelf” date. If they are just bottling next week, It will take a while for the product to get to your local retailer. Be patient.

    Kyle, I reviewed the Four Roses 2009 single barrel on my blog a little while back:

    Todd, yes the bar is set pretty high. Some have been pretty amazing. (Others have been just good.) I am looking forward to the new release.

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