Review #1752 – Old Fitzgerald 15yr Bottled in Bond 2004

The Schtick: Distilled in 2004 and bottled for the Fall 2019 release season, this is the second release of Old Fitzgerald for the limited edition Decanter Series in 2019. Produced using all the hallmarks of Bottled in Bond, this bourbon is bottled at 50% ABV and leverages Heaven Hill’s wheated mashbill. Let’s dive in.

Review #1752 | Bourbon Review #717

Distiller: Heaven Hill

Bottler: Heaven Hill

Brand: Old Fitzgerald

Selection: N/A

ABV: 50% ABV

Age: 15 Years


Nose: Toffee, oak, brown sugar and a hint of toffee. Some pecan, rich honey, a little bit of berry (cherry, raspberry) with some cocoa. Not pungently tannic, though the oak is hard to miss, but it pars well with the sweet notes and fruit.

Taste: Rich on the palate, a hair bitter initially but loaded with cocoa, rich cream, brown butter and molasses. Overall, fairly balanced, and nice to see the oak present but not dominating. 15 years is fairly old for bourbon, and over-oaking was a concern of mine, but it’s not a concern with the amount of sweet, rich, dessert notes are present.

Finish: Medium finish with sticky toffee pudding, a hint of cherry, and lots of molasses to pair with a final oaky punch.

Overall: Heaven Hill’s dialed in these releases now and I love to see it. This is wheated bourbon done right, with plenty of character, ABV, oak structure and a great nose. I’m sold.

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Rank: 7


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