Old Fitzgerald Bourbon Debuts A Bottled-in-Bond Variant - The Whiskey Wash

Old Fitzgerald Bourbon Debuts A Bottled-in-Bond Variant

Old Fitzgerald Bourbon, a long running popular Kentucky whiskey brand from Heaven Hill, is something this American whiskey producer has had under its ownership since 1999. The brand has a history that’s much older then that, however, and now this is being honored with the launch of a new, limited edition series of bottled-in-bond bottlings.

The new Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey bottlings, according to Heaven Hill, will be released each spring and fall in special ornate decanters which are inspired by an original 1950s Old Fitzgerald diamond decanter. The label will feature “the time-honored graphic of a key, commemorating an important element in original labels and the brand’s slogan since the 1940’s, ‘Your key to hospitality.’ Kentucky’s state seal and a prominent brand banner replicate a pre-Prohibition label. Spring editions will be denoted with a green label and fall editions with a black label. The age will change with each edition and will also be indicated on the bottom of the label.

Each edition’s tax strip, which has always been a signature of transparency on bottled-in-bond products, will disclose when the liquid was produced and bottled.”

Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

“For 82 years Heaven Hill Distillery has nurtured and produced historic brands of quality and heritage,” said Heaven Hill Distillery Master Distiller Denny Potter in a prepared statement. “It is an honor to join a famous line of distillers behind the Old Fitzgerald name and to continue to uphold the tradition of the brand through its bottled-in-bond designation, which dates to the early 1900s.”

Plans call for the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Series to be available in the 750 ml size on an allocated basis seasonally throughout the next five years. The spring 2018 edition meets the strict requirements of a bottled-in-bond: 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. More specifically, it is an 11-year-old expression comprised of barrels produced from February through May of 2006, and bottled this coming April. It will be available for around $110.

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Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.