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Old Fitzgerald 15yr Bottled in Bond 2004

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  • Distiller:

    Heaven Hill

  • Bottler:

    Heaven Hill

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
Synopsis:

The oldest Old Fitzgerald release to date - Heaven Hill's 15yr Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond brings plenty of oak, dessert and fruit to spotlight the complexity a well aged wheated bourbon can display. Heavy on notes like toffee, molasses, and brown butter, the Fall 2019 release is expertly dialed in.

  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The bourbon’s solid stuff, though none of these elements are particularly surprising or unique for bourbondom.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste is thick, chewy, and robust with good spicy touches of cinnamon and black pepper along with honey, pipe tobacco, molasses cookies, and vanilla.
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  • Raided Score: 100
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: There is softness and chew but also give. It’s the best part because there’s sweetness from the brownie but then you get some savory from the texture of the end piece. This whiskey is like that. It’s unctuous without being fussy.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The whiskey is lively and bright on the palate while maintaining a gentle balance from front to back. Here flavors are more wheat-driven with accents of mixed peppercorn and a finish of buttered toast.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: This bourbon is one of a kind and should be at the top of your wish list.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: Old Fitzgerald 15 Year is a fairly well-rounded bourbon that nicely showcases the 15 years in oak without overdoing it. Balancing sweet with spice and allowing oak flavors to pull through in all parts of the sip, it’s a great example of a quality aged bourbon.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: WhiskeyRaiders
  • Excerpt: 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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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: No perceptible alcohol heat, just heaps of brown sugar, seductive spice, and fine leather.
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  • Synopsis:

    The oldest Old Fitzgerald release to date - Heaven Hill's 15yr Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond brings plenty of oak, dessert and fruit to spotlight the complexity a well aged wheated bourbon can display. Heavy on notes like toffee, molasses, and brown butter, the Fall 2019 release is expertly dialed in.

  • Intro:

    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.

  • 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.

  • Score:

    7

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