Iconic Cigar Pairing Made Available Nationwide For 1st Time in 22 Years

George Garvin Brown was the first to seal his whisky, Old Forester, in a glass bottle in 1870. To commemorate his birthday, the First Bottled Bourbon annually releases a limited edition, vintage-dated expression: Birthday Bourbon. Hand selected by Master Distiller Chris Morris, this small batch bourbon offers a unique character and flavor profile that will never be replicated.

The September 2nd release marks the 22nd limited edition expression, but this year’s celebration will look different than years past. For the first time, Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon will be available to purchase through a sweepstakes running from August 24, 2022 through August 31, 2022. This gives people nationwide the opportunity to win the right to purchase the most coveted expression of Old Forester.

Prize winners will be notified via e-mail on September 2, 2022. The suggested retail price is $149.99.

Because of the new policy, no Birthday Bourbon bottles will be sold at the distillery on September 2.

“Birthday Bourbon holds a special place among Old Forester’s limited-releases, celebrating the legacy of the Brown family,” Morris said. “We’re excited to open up the opportunity for bourbon lovers all over the country to get their hands on this beloved bourbon.”

Tasting Notes:
  • Color: Dark amber with orange highlights
  • Aroma: Begins with caramelized orange peel and cherry fruit softened with vanilla bean, graham cracker atop rich layers of toasted and charred oak brightened with a touch of cedar
  • Taste: Subtle fruit flavor transitions into sweet roasted coffee with hints of dark chocolate and a dash of cocoa with toasted and charred seasoned oak character
  • Finish: Smooth and light with velvety coffee and mocha notes with lingering dark chocolate character


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For more information on how to enter the sweepstakes and additional rules and regulations, please visit their siteBe sure to read the fine print before you enter, because even though anyone can enter – you still have to pick up your bottle from the distillery within what they consider a fair “purchasing window.”

How do you feel Cigar Public – excited that you won’t have to line up at the distillery or nostalgic for a tradition put to rest? We’d love to hear about it all in the comments below!