Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12yr 2016 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12yr 2016

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  • Distiller:

    Heaven Hill

  • Bottler:

    Heaven Hill

  • ABV:

    45%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The finish lingers with all the spice and oak that was missing in the first tastes with round and sweet mouth-coating memories of buttery toffee.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Starts out with a nice nose and then fades to a weak finish, but carries a nice sweet classic bourbon profile the whole time.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • Excerpt: Now difficult to find, this is a great example of an aged wheated bourbon.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Entry is buttery, with flavors of sweet corn and maple; the lovely midpalate features tastes of cooking oil, lanolin, caramel, dark fudge, cocoa and brown sugar. Ends with a flourish of oaky vanilla.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I enjoy this but it borders on too sweet. Luckily, it doesn't plunge over the edge and I respect it for that. There is some astringency and burn for a dram that's only 90 proof but it's not too overbearing.
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  • Nose:

    Brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, clove, caramel, and oak.

  • Taste:

    Thin, sweet, oaky, baking sweets and dough, caramel and vanilla. There is a sweet fruity element but not overbearing like Weller 12. This might be the wheaten I dont actively dislike since I find so many cloying.

  • Finish:

    Medium, mildly astringent, its definitely wheated based on the sweet fruity aftertaste.

  • Overall:

    I enjoy this but it borders on too sweet. Luckily, it doesn't plunge over the edge and I respect it for that. There is some astringency and burn for a dram that's only 90 proof but it's not too overbearing. Overall, I enjoyed this and I enjoyed it far more than expected. I'm going to give this a Rank 5. It would easily make it to a Rank 6 if the finish was a little more well rounded.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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