Old Forester's 2023 Birthday Bourbon Is Now Available For Celebratory Sipping

There are a few events throughout the year that all bourbon enthusiasts look forward to — including the highly anticipated annual release of the Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. A limited offering that captures the essence of craftsmanship and heritage, the 2023 edition is poised to be another exciting bottle for collectors and connoisseurs alike.

Since its inception, the Old Forester Birthday Bourbon release has become a revered tradition in the bourbon community. Each year, the master distillers handpick barrels from various locations and vintages to create a unique blend that commemorates founder George Garvin Brown's birthday, September 2, 1846. This limited release embodies not only the brand's storied history but also the skillful art of bourbon-making that has been refined for more than a century.

"Every year, Birthday Bourbon is a unique opportunity for lovers of Old Forester to taste a snapshot of the bourbon that was being laid down over a decade ago. This year's 12-year-old offering is serving up a classic Old Forester profile that has spent that time developing rich caramelized and oaky characteristics," said Old Forester Master Taster Melissa Rift.

How to get your very own bottle

With only a limited number of bottles available from 103 barrels, which were filled on May 5, 2011, the race to secure one requires both timing and tenacity. Bourbon devotees are advised to keep a keen eye on authorized retailers, where they will be available for purchase at $169.99, and at Old Forester Distillery in Louisville, where they'll be given away through a national sweepstakes running from August 24, 2023 to August 31, 2023.

The 96-proof bourbon boasts a rich and enticing nose, revealing notes of candied orange peel, florals, coffee beans, and a touch of turbinado sugar. As the liquid graces your lips, you'll experience layers of dark honey, molasses, and charred oak with a citrus kiss that creates a harmonious complexity. The finish is a lingering hint of toasted oak caramel, a gentle nod to bourbon's undeniable heritage.

As the bottles find their way into the hands of enthusiasts, they become more than just bourbon — they become an expression of celebration and connection that bridges time and taste. So, don't waste a moment if you are an Old Forester Birthday Bourbon collector. 

For more information on how you can enter to win, visit Old Forester's official website. Winners of the sweepstakes will be chosen on September 2, 2023 and bottles will be available for pickup between September 8, 2023 through December 23, 2023.