Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Heaven Hill
Distillery: Heaven Hill
Release Date: November 2023
Age: 8 Years
Mashbill: 75% Corn, 20% Wheat, 5% Malted Barley
MSRP: $110 / 750mL (2024)
Cinnamon | Vanilla custard | Vanilla extract | Baking spices | Milk chocolate | Inviting
Bright & lively | Citrus | Warm spice mix | Summer fruit | Musty oak | Nicely balanced
Some heat | Musty oak funk | Caramel | Toffee | Medium length
One of the younger bourbons in the Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond decanter series so far, the Fall 2023 Edition doesn’t disappoint with a bright and lively balanced flavor profile.
According to Heaven Hill, “each spring and fall, a new edition to the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond series is released. Inspired by an original 1950's Old Fitzgerald diamond decanter, the packaging and series honor both the history of the Old Fitzgerald brand and the historic Bottled-in-Bond designation. The Old Fitzgerald line is well-known for its distilling pedigree, as the brand was first registered in 1884 and was eventually sold to "Pappy" Van Winkle during Prohibition. In 1999, Heaven Hill bought the brand and began distilling it at Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, KY.”
For this bottled in bond decanter series, the age varies by release, and so far has ranged from 8 to 19 years old. Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond Bourbon Fall 2023 Edition is the twelfth national release and consists of barrels distilled in the fall of 2015, making it one of the younger releases at 8 years. But you should not let that deter you as this release is still a formidable wheated bourbon. It opens with an inviting aroma that consists of cinnamon, vanilla notes, baking spices, and milk chocolate. Most likely due in part to its younger age, it’s bright and lively on the palate with citrus, summer fruit, a warm spice mix, and a touch of musty oak providing some nice balance. It finishes with a slight kick of heat up front, followed by some musty oak funk and sweeter notes of caramel and toffee.
This vintage of Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond drinks like a quintessential Kentucky bourbon through and through. It never quite gives away the fact that it contains wheat in its mashbill, instead leaning more towards a traditional flavor profile as opposed to showcasing the sweeter, bakery-inspired flavors that wheated bourbons can tend to do. While it isn’t one of the brand’s more notable releases, it is a solid showing nonetheless.