Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Disciple
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Arlington, VA
    Posts
    1,886

    OFBB 2006 announced

    Just got an email announcing the 2006 OFBB. In most relevant part:

    "Unique to any other release, the latest edition of Birthday Bourbon was bottled at the same proof and barreled at the same season as last year's – the only difference? This whisky was allowed to mature in the barrel exactly one year longer, so it's a great illustration of how maturation differences can make significant changes in the flavor of a whisky."


    http://www.oldforester.com/better/birthday.asp

    Vintage 1993 Spring Season

    Release date-Saturday, September 2, 2006

    96 proof

    Less than 8,500 bottles produced

    This year marks the sixth release of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. This expression was chosen to honor the birthday of George Garvin Brown, the Bourbon industry’s pioneer and our founder. Unique to any other release, the latest edition of Birthday Bourbon is bottled at the same proof and barreled at the same season as 2005’s – the only difference? The whisky was allowed to mature in the barrel exactly one year longer. This expression is a great illustration of how subtle maturation differences make significant changes in the flavor profile of a whisky.

    According to Old Forester Master Distiller, Chris Morris, a bourbon receives between 50 - 60 percent of its flavor profile from the maturation process. “Of course both releases exhibit the classic Old Forester taste profile, but there the similarities end,” said Morris. “Where the 2005 vintage exhibited a rich cinnamon, spice note this vintage is naturally spiced with a cool, refreshing hint of spearmint.”

    Unlike the standard Old Forester, which is a blend of whisky from several different years, Birthday Bourbon is a vintage-dated bourbon, hand-selected by Morris from one specific day. The result is a one-of-a-kind character and flavor that will never be replicated again. Its unique decanter style glass bottle is a throw back to the late 1800’s when Old Forester was first produced.

    You’ll find the nose of this brownish-orange bourbon to be very sweet and powerful with strong vanilla and caramel toffee notes layering over hints of orange peel and tea leaves. There is a nice balance of oak that opens with a hint of spearmint. This year’s Birthday Bourbon taste is cool with hints of tea, mint and ripe apple fruit. And the finish is very clean, fruity and tea-like.
    -Dan

    Who stole the cork from my breakfast?

  2. #2
    Disciple
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Arlington, VA
    Posts
    1,886
    Has anyone seen this on shelves yet? I haven't in the DC area.
    -Dan

    Who stole the cork from my breakfast?

  3. #3
    Administrator in exile
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    3,904
    I saw it last weekend at the Cork and Bottle in Covington and at the Party Source in Newport. I have not seen this one in Lexington yet.
    Simplicity is the essence of universality - MK Ghandi

  4. #4
    Guru
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Northern Kentucky
    Posts
    3,425
    I bought a bottle here in Northern KY a few weeks ago but haven't opened it yet. It's in queue for next weekend. I'll see if I can come up with some tasting notes.
    John B

    "Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."

  5. #5
    Guru
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Eastern Pennsylvania
    Posts
    2,827
    I tried some at the KBF. Fricky bought a bottle because it was his birthday. I liked it just a tad better than the 2005 (which I like very much). The new one is just slightly woodier and maybe a tad richer than the 2005. Good stuff.
    Joe
    Colonel Joseph B. "Bourbon Joe" Koch

    "Bourbon.....It's cheaper than therapy!!"

  6. #6
    Bourbonian of the Year 2006
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Rockland County, NY
    Posts
    1,937

    2006 OFBB declared Good

    Thanks to Cliff for supplying this at his bar and the Gazebo.
    Pleasantly surprised by the consistency between this and last year's version.
    Seems that BF is trying to throw us a change up pitch.
    One year its 13 years old, next its 8, then its 13, then its 14?.
    Chris Morriss indicated to me a few years ago that he intentionally picked whiskeys that were different. Now, he picks one intentionally similar.
    I kinda like that.
    Colonel Ed
    Bourbonian of the Year 2006

    Comissioned by Paul Patton, 1999

    "It ain't the booze that brings me in here, it's the solace it distills"

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Newly announced: Old Forester Signature
    By Sijan in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: 11-15-2007, 17:48
  2. OFBB and Old Forrester Rebate
    By pepcycle in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-17-2004, 22:28
  3. OFBB Spring Version Sitting on the Shelves
    By pepcycle in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 01-23-2004, 13:22

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top