Review #1505 – Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 13yr Limited Edition 2005

The Schtick: This is a limited edition revival of the Old Fitzgerald bottling by Heaven Hill. Produced in batches, in a limited release format, this 13yr wheated bourbon carries the bottled in bond designation and can be found in a fairly attractive decanter bottle. Let’s dive in.

Review #1505 | Bourbon Review #651

Distiller: Heaven Hill

Bottler: Heaven Hill

Brand: Old Fitzgerald

Selection: N/A

ABV: 50% ABV

Age: 13 Years

Nose: Rich honey, toffee and sugar cookies. Light in ethanol, though it smells like there are some nice tannins hiding out. Sweet overall, not too spicy or fruity – lots of caramel.

Taste: Thick and rich. Loads of maple syrup, honey, toffee and cookie dough. Faint fruits like blueberry, cherry and raspberry. Nice oak structure, the tannins give the sweetness something to hold on to. Heat is very much in check.

Finish: Long, sweet and a hair dry. Oak presence is just about right, with some caramel, coffee, toffee and faint cherry. This is drastically improved over earlier releases of this series.

Overall: Really nice from start to finish. I could easily drink this all day, and probably all night as well. The proof is right, each aspect is just right, and this could trade punches with WLW any day. I haven’t tried Larceny Barrel Proof, I sure hope it’s as good, or close, as this release (since it’s a bit more available) but I have doubts. That said, I think this is a winner of a release – it’s excellent bourbon from nose to tail.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8

10 Most Recent Heaven Hill Expressions I Have Reviewed:



1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

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