GSN Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Fall 2018 Edition

Heaven Hill Distillery recently announced the release of their nine-year-old fall edition limited-edition Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey bottling for 2018. Sold in an ornate decanter, the second in the series reflects the traditions of both the Old Fitzgerald lineage and the Bottled-in-Bond designation.

Inspired by an original 1950’s Old Fitzgerald diamond decanter, the newest packaging reflects this. The label features 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. The fall edition is noted 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, discloses when the liquid was produced and bottled.

Larceny Bourbon, a descendant of the Old Fitzgerald line, tells the legend of Treasury Agent John E. Fitzgerald who held the keys to the bonded rickhouses, and helped himself from barrels containing only the finest bourbon. The agent’s selections became known around the distillery as “Fitzgerald barrels” and were used to create a soft, wheated bourbon known as “Old Fitzgerald.”

The Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Series will be available in the 750ml size on an allocated basis each spring and fall throughout the next five years. All ten editions meet 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.

Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Fall 2018 Edition (100 proof)
Visual: Dark yellow.
Nose: Rich, enveloping nose of crisp vanilla, oak tannin and medium char.
Taste: Luscious and full-bodied bourbon character, with a perfect balance of grain bill.
Finish: Medium long, with some of the sweeter notes lingering.
Overall: What makes this one special is an adherence to tradition in an era where new boundaries are pushed so often, that the old ones are left in its wake. This is a perfect whiskey for anyone, whether neat or in a cocktail.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Heaven Hill Distillery

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