Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, 1997 Vintage, 12 year old, 47.5%

Price: $50.00 Issue: Winter 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

Big and spicy, but contrasted by layers of sweetness. Vibrant dried spice (warming cinnamon, crisp mint, nutmeg, and cigar box), caramel, nougat, black raspberry, dried citrus, and a hint of chocolate fudge laced with coconut. Very warming on the finish, with a nice resinous grip without being over-oaked. A very dynamic whiskey.