Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (bottled 2012), 48.5%

Price: $50.00 Issue: Winter 2012 Reviewer: John Hansell

Honeyed citrus, vanilla, and hints of toasted coconut on the nose. Similar follow-through on the palate—sweeter up front and then becoming dry with firm spice and toasted nuts. Long, resinous, warm spice finish. I'd like a little less dried spice on the finish—or more sweetness to balance it. Otherwise, a nice bourbon.