Whiskey Network Review #226| /r/Bourbon Review #127 – Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond – 1973 Stitzel Weller, 100pf
This bottle is indisputably Stitzel Weller juice since it bears not only a 6 year age statement on bottle but the iconic DSP-KY-16. The tax stamp says it was barreled in the Fall of 1973 and Bottled in the Spring of 1979. Is this bottle all that it is hyped up to be? Let’s find out. It’s a fucking legendary bottle and I decided it was better shared with friends than sold to the grimy hands of a collector. We cracked it with a 2015 and 2001 Old Fitz BiB to compare. Here we go:
Color: Deep dark maple brown.
Nose: Heavy rich cola. Some cherried and coca. Sweet root beer and vanilla notes with a healtyh helping of some oaky richness. I’m hesitant to mutter the words but this does give a nose like a pappy jr (sorry!)
Taste: Almost no heat to speak of despite the proof. Thick, coating mouthfeel, lots of sweet cola evolving into creamy sweetness. Some clove, cinnamon, desserts like molasses and maple syrup blend in.
Finish: Medium and growing mildly hot. Still not 100 proof hot but there is some heat here. The finish isn’t mammoth but it is rich and keeps all of the same tunes from the palate jammin’.
Overall: Overall, this is an awesome bottle to try. It’s indisputably different than anything on the market today but it isn’t deserving of insane hype (or dollars). The nose is borderline transcendent – easily the best part of enjoying this whiskey. We probably sat around and sniffed this for a solid 15 minutes before trying and it was well worth it. It’s not that the palate and the finish disappoint but they just can’t keep the momentum from the nose. It was rich overall and thoroughly enjoyable and as a result, I’m going to give this bottle an ambiguous 7/8. It’s on the line and I just can’t decide. On one hand, it’s great whiskey. On the other though, it’s nothing like the hype. I don’t feel the need to go buy one on the secondary, especially for what it commands. I especially don’t think this can dominate over some other bottles in scotchland. For a $20 bottle, this is as good as it gets. When competing with modern offerings all over the price spectrum, the competition gets fierce.
But, what I do know is that, the Stitzel Weller profile is unique and I find it delicious. I won’t chase it, it’s not that good, but I’m happy I got to experience it and know that it is indeed in my wheelhouse. For what this goes for on some markets, I’d easily take 10 or 12 (or more) other, commonly available bottles like ER10 or ol’ Mckenna or BT.
Thanks for reading!