The spring edition of Old Fitzgerald was a surprising 17 years old. People went nuts. Then Heaven Hill followed it up with a 19-year old release and enthusiasts clamored for it like no Old Fitzgerald before. For the smart few who open their bottle, will it be worth the $240 price tag? Plus, now with two extra-aged releases, are the days of 8 and 9-year Old Fitzgerald a thing of the past? Heaven Hill certainly keeps us on our toes for each Spring and Fall release.
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond Fall 2022
Bourbon: Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond Decanter Series
Edition: Fall 2022
Distillery: Heaven Hill
Age: 19 years
ABV: 50% (100 proof)
Copper penny with a red hue.
I expected more oak with the gaudy age statement. It’s still deep with mature oak and leather, but it’s also nutty with butterscotch candy sweetness, rounded out with black tea and a heady, nectarous honeysuckle.
The balance is remarkable. With a creamy, buttery texture, the spicy oak coats your mouth as it shifts to vanilla, toffee, and pralines, and then turns back to oak with the full array of baking spices.
The finish has a gear shift that I love, but at first, I mistook it as a short, flat finish. After a quick burst it faded but then it rebounded with sustained warmth. It’s oak-driven and dry, still with a touch of cocoa as it fades.
Pair this with the Spring 2022 release of Old Fitzgerald and you have two of the top ten bourbons of the year, easily. These are remarkable bourbons and strong buys.
Disclaimer: The brand managers kindly
sent me a sample for this review,
without any strings attached.