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Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond Fall 2023 Edition




Whiskey Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond Fall 2023 Edition

Tasting Notes:

It was distilled in the Fall of 2015, is eight years old, bottled at 100 proof, and is priced at $109.99.
A gorgeous golden amber swirls in my glass, creating beautiful legs and viscosity inside.
This has everything you would expect in the nose of a great bourbon – vanilla, oak, caramel, brown sugar and, as a bonus, a little bit of cherry.
Mother, may I have more? It is delicious, showcasing in a nice mix considerations of vanilla, just the slightest of spices, oak, maple syrup, caramel, dark plump cherry and cinnamon.
It slides down oh so smoothly, leaving a lingering finish with little heat that gives a pleasant kiss of sweetness I wish would stay longer.
Like there was any doubt what I would score this as soon as I got my first sip. This bourbon is a stellar example of the best this category of American whiskey has to offer.

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Heaven Hill has a long history of releasing high-quality American whiskeys, particularly bourbons. One line that has consistently met this standard is its Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond bourbons.

The Fall 2023 edition of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which I’m reviewing today, is this lineup’s twelfth national release. Heaven Hill drew from barrels produced in the Fall of 2015 for this eight-year-old whiskey and bottled it at 100 proof to meet the requirements for the bottled-in-bond certification.

This certification, set to standards defined by the federal government, is designed to ensure that whiskeys hit certain quality marks. To earn this, the spirit must be the product of a single distillery from a single distilling season, aged a minimum of four years, and bottled at 100 proof or 50% alcohol by volume.

As with past Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond expressions, this release is presented in an ornate decanter. A black label denotes it, and this bourbon also sports a tax strip, which the distillery noted “has always been a signature of transparency on bottled-in-bond products, [and which] will disclose when the liquid was produced and bottled.”

“As a leader of the Bottled-in-Bond category, Heaven Hill is proud to offer a premium product within this special class which showcases the authenticity and quality of the American Whiskey portfolio,” said Conor O’ Driscoll, Master Distiller at Heaven Hill Distillery, at the time of its release. “The Fall 2023 8-year-old Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond has the best qualities of a classic Kentucky Bourbon with the unique sweetness and spice this beloved brand is known for.”

Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond Fall 2023 Edition is priced at $109.99. For those who do not know, the Old Fitzgerald line was acquired by Heaven Hill in 1999, and its namesake, John E. Fitzgerald, whose legacy is also heralded by the Larceny Bourbon brand.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the former founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y globally. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert, and judge, he has written extensively about the subject, been interviewed in various media outlets, and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions.

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