This fall, Heaven Hill’s Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond decanter series sees its second release as a 9-year-old bourbon. The bottle is inspired by an original 1950s Old Fitz decanter. It’s a beautiful bottle.
The initial 11-year-old release received mixed, but generally positive, reactions. I haven’t tasted it, so I can’t chime in just yet. However, Heaven Hill whiskies have never disappointed me and I do have a healthy sample of the new 9-year-old release in front of me, so…
The nose here is classic wheater, with hints of sweet kettle corn, spice, orange peel, dark chocolate, and a touch of toasted oak. On the palate, the whiskey is beautifully balanced and carries its 9-year age statement with class. On entry, a velvety wave of sweet caramel corn washes over the tongue, developing notes of creamy vanilla and soft cinnamon and nutmeg. A bit of oak and dark roast coffee arrives late and right before the finish. The hearty 100 proof almost guarantees a warm finish, and this iteration of Old Fitz doesn’t disappoint. The medium-long finish leaves behind notes of caramelized orange peel and oak.
Heaven Hill has crafted a very solid release in this 9-year-old bonded Old Fitzgerald. Though not the most complex bourbon I’ve tasted recently, this whiskey does hit all the right wheated bourbon notes to make for a throughly enjoyable pour. For the suggested price of $89.99, I’d gladly reach for a bottle. 8.5/10
Thanks to Heaven Hill for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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