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  1. #11
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    Re: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012?

    That's the one thing I dislike about Brown-Forman, guess the demand for JD has spoiled them.

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    Re: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012?

    Personally, I like the 2012 OFBB. I have 4 years of BB open right now and although each seems to have its own personality and favorite status depends entirely on mood, imo the 2012 is the most distinctive. The '09 strikes me as the most resinous, '10 the friendliest and most easygoing, '11 the most conflicted with wood and fruit fighting for dominance, and '12 the most vibrant and different flavorwise (possibly owing to the higher barley %), with bold citrus, coconut, and wood shavings. I bought it pretty frequently at $30 until it ran out.

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    Re: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    That's the one thing I dislike about Brown-Forman, guess the demand for JD has spoiled them.
    And a giant wood ford reserve expansion to pay for. Those JD ads are expensive too.

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    Re: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by P&MLiquorsEric View Post
    Buy it all at that price. 2012 was a good year.

    Brown Foreman has the most regular price increases in the game.
    I typically buy at least one bottle of OFBB every year, but in my area the 2012 was priced at $50-55. That's a very steep increase over earlier years and it really cheesed me off. So I skipped it. In the past I've looked forward to OFBB as a unique release -- some have been spectacular, others much less so, but they're always interesting -- and one that I was happy to buy instead of more limited releases like Stagg. But at $50-55, I'm out.

    Was this a local phenomenon, or did others notice the 2012 priced much more dearly than earlier years?

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    Re: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012?

    Love the stuff. I buy at least one BB at $50. I find it drops in price when the next release comes out and not many people pick it up in my state. I will definitely be picking up extra 2012s. It is fantastic.

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    Re: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrAtomic View Post
    I typically buy at least one bottle of OFBB every year, but in my area the 2012 was priced at $50-55. That's a very steep increase over earlier years and it really cheesed me off. So I skipped it. In the past I've looked forward to OFBB as a unique release -- some have been spectacular, others much less so, but they're always interesting -- and one that I was happy to buy instead of more limited releases like Stagg. But at $50-55, I'm out.

    Was this a local phenomenon, or did others notice the 2012 priced much more dearly than earlier years?
    Good luck with that strategy. I'm guessing but expect OFBB13 at 15-20 % more than last. If you pass on btac going forward, never mind...

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    Re: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012?

    With demand outstripping supply in most states, they'd be fools not to pass another increase.

    A local store here had a vertical available of past few years. I liked both the 12 and the 10. I expect to pass this year if price is up. Just too many good values left to justify chasing exclusivity (or the perception of).

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    Re: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012?

    Yes, spiraling costs are the price of purchased status.

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    Re: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by P&MLiquorsEric View Post
    Good luck with that strategy. I'm guessing but expect OFBB13 at 15-20 % more than last. If you pass on btac going forward, never mind...
    I don't understand your comment. In reference to which "strategy" are you wishing me good luck? All I wrote was that I used to appreciate OFBB as a lower-cost, lower-stress alternative to other annual releases, but that I stopped buying OFBB when it hit $50+. At this point, I've checked out of chasing most of the annual releases, but if I had to choose between a $55 OFBB or an $80 BTAC, I'd spend the extra dough on the unfiltered, barrel strength option. When OFBB cost $30-40, as it did in my area until this year, I often did the opposite, because OFBB was half the price, readily available, and offered a unique profile every year (as opposed to BTAC, which is pretty consistent).

    It's great to hear that people seem to be enjoying the 2012 version. When an OFBB hits you right, it can be terrific. The 2003 and 2005-08 versions were particular favorites of mine. I really didn't did last year's bottling.

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    Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012?

    Sorry it was a bit snarky. I apologize.

    What I meant was to expect significant increases in nearly all limited release bourbons going forward. $50 will be the low end for limited releases.

 

 

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