Old Fitzgerald "Bottled in Bond" 13 Year Old Bourbon

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Produced in September 2005 and bottled in February 2019, this is the 3rd of 10 in Heaven Hill’s Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond series. These is a bi-annual release with the first arriving in the spring of 2018. Each season in the series denoted by different color labels, with the spring releases sporting a green colored label. Additionally, each bottle comes with a faux tax strip that discloses when the bourbon was produced and bottled.

To be labelled Bottled-in-Bond, the whiskey must be the product of one distillation season and one distiller at a single distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision for at least four years, and it must be bottled at exactly 100 proof. Additionally, the Bottled-in-Bond label must clearly identify the distillery where it was distilled and where it was bottled, if different.

The nose opens with a warm mix of scents. Baked sweet bread, allspice, cinnamon bark, light custard, and a touch of seasoned oak come together in a harmonious way. It’s an enticing way to start and really invites you to explore the sip more.

A touch of heat and nice amount of sweetness form the base of this bourbon. Summer fruits, yellow cake, vanilla, and honey mingle with a base layer of light spice. The flavors come across as more impactful and the bourbon drinks a little hotter than you would expect from a 100 proof bourbon. The end result is a very satisfying sip that’s hard to dislike.

The extra time this bourbon spent in the barrel shows in the finish. Oak, white pepper, and sweet summer fruits are quite noticeable up front. These transition to vanilla, a lingering heat, and eventually just oak. Medium in length, while the finish is still good, comparatively it’s the weakest part of the overall sip. (Breaking Bourbon)