The Schtick: Today’s whiskey review is of the new, limited edition, Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond Decanter Series. Distilled in 2011 and bottled in 2020, this release is 50% ABV and designated Bottled in Bond, and comes in a fancy bottle. Let’s dive in.
Distiller: Heaven Hill
Bottler: Heaven Hill
Brand: Old Fitzgerald
ABV: 50% ABV
Age: 9 Years
Nose: A bit closed off on the nose, but plenty of notes escape. Rich toffee and honey, fresh baked bread, creamy cherry pie, and a hefty dash of sweetness. Hint of oak.
Taste: Rich on the palate, loaded with smores, coffee and caramel. Bright toffee candy, Werther’s like in character. A little bite of ethanol, but very well behaved for 50% ABV. Sweet and syrupy, leaning hard into butterscotch, cherry pie and a really nice faint cocoa presence. Oak structure is present and keeps the sweetness in check. Rich overall.
Finish: Short to medium finish, but entirely pleasant. Lots of cream, caramel, butterscotch and a dash of oak.
Overall: Heaven Hill really seems to have dialed in this series, and that’s awesome to see. The first release or two were punishing, hot, one noted. This, however, is rich and complex, hitting notes that tell me this was dumped at just the right age. On the sweet side, with the right amount of oak, I’m a fan. Heaven Hill sent me a media sample to try, and I went and got one for myself, a real rarity if you’re familiar with my buying habits, and that probably tells you all you need to know.
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