2019 is 105 proof, the highest proof to-date for this expression, of 11-year-old barrels were chosen specifically for Birthday Bourbon. .
Brown-Forman announced the 2019 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, an annual celebration of the company’s founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday. It’s the brand’s 19th consecutive iteration. At $99, it hits stores in September.
“Birthday Bourbon selections have ranged from nine- to 14-years-old since the expression was first launched in 2002,” said Jackie Zykan, Old Forester Master Taster, in a press release. “When selecting the barrels for this year, we found something truly exceptional in this lot and we’re proud to call it our 2019 Birthday Bourbon.”
A total of 120 barrels were distilled on May 15, 2008 and aged on the second floor of Warehouse I. Master Distiller Chris Morris and Master Taster Jackie Zykan selected and proofed this year’s limited edition, according to a press release.
“September is a special month for us at Old Forester. We get to mark, in a public manner, through a carefully curated expression; the bourbon my great, great grandfather founded. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the legacy George left behind,” said Campbell Brown, Old Forester President. “And yes, I wish it was easier to locate!”
The 2019 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is offered at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Roughly 2,200 (six bottle) cases will be available for purchase nationwide, depending on the final yield, the company said.