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Review: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2022 Edition

The 22nd edition of Old Forester’s classic Birthday Bourbon is upon us

Rather than being sold at the distillery, it was offered via a lottery that was held during

I also had to hunt high and low to figure out exactly what was inside this year’

All I could discern — and not directly from OldFo — was that it was an 11 year old bourbon (

First off, this edition feels flatter and more doughy than many Birthday Bourbon releases, its nose a

Savory, aromatic overtones of wood pulp and fresh bread aren’t off-putting, but they never really draw

It’s soft and understated, heavy on its cereal and barrel char backbone, though notes of cinnamon

A peppery quality emerges with further time, though there’s a long wait for its arrival, the

I’ve now reviewed more than a dozen Birthday Bourbon releases dating back to 2009

That said, 2022 might be my least favorite to date, alongside the equally muddy 2017 offering

It’s not something I’d recommend you shell out $1000+ for on the secondary market, that’s

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker