Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 12 year old (2015 release), 50%

Price: $75 Issue: Winter 2015 Reviewer: John Hansell

Many of the Birthday Bourbon releases are wood driven, and this one is particularly so. Very spicy, with warming cinnamon and cool mint. Roasted nuts, tropical fruit (coconut, pineapple), tangerine, and apricot emerge occasionally, along with a foundation of vanilla and caramel. Firm, resinous grip on the finish.