The Schtick: This is a 5 year bourbon distilled at Stitzel Weller in Kentucky in 1972. It was bottled in 1977 and represents what is widely agreed upon to be a bygone era in bourbon production. Given that Stitzel Weller is now shuttered from distilling, it has taken a spot on the mantel of famed distilleries, with some of their products sitting at the head of the hype roundtable. Let’s see how this one compares:
Distiller: Stitzel Weller
Bottler: Stitzel Weller
ABV: 43% ABV
Age: 5 Years
Nose: Rich toffee, honey, moist tobacco. Old paper. Caramel and pralines.
Taste: Thin mouth feel. No real heat at all. Sweet and rich confectioners sugar, lots of musty caramel. Faintly savory. Praline, musty tobacco.
Finish: Long and rich with lots of honey, marzipan, pipe tobacco and amaretto notes. Good oak presence without being overbearing.
Overall: Really great dram, and although it can’t top other old Stitzel Weller distillate I’ve reviewed in the past, this still does a great job reaching up in the rankings. The complexity despite the thin mouth feel and the length and richness of the finish were incredible.
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Other Expressions from Stitzel-Weller That I Have Reviewed:
- Review #1104 – Old Cabin Still 5yr Bourbon Stitzel Weller 1972
- Review #608. Nathan Stone
- Review #350. Very Old Fitzgerald 1954
- Review #226. Old Fitzgerald 6yr Bottled in Bond 1973 DSP-KY-16
- Review #131. Old Fitzgerald Prime 1995