Old Fitzgerald’s second release of its Bottled-in-Bond series for 2020 is a 14 year old bottling, distilled in 2005. As always, this is a 100 proof expression made from a wheated mashbill. Let’s give it a taste and see how it commits itself.
Spoiler: Very nicely.
There’s an immediate softness here that will be familiar to any fan of wheaters — though Old Fitzgerald always tends to be more pungent than this — the nose kicking off with complex notes of peanut, a gentle dusting of baking spice, and potpourri. The palate takes you along that road to some initial notes that are straight out of the classic bourbon playbook: vanilla and caramel, some pepper, and a smattering of spice. Lingering barrel char, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, and a light slick of honey are all in the mix here. This Old Fitz won’t have you rethinking what you know about bourbon, but it will have you pouring and pouring and pouring top-offs in your glass, at least in my experience, which did an alarming amount of damage to my sample bottle. It’s a major diversion from the usual Old Fitz profile, a new favorite which I found awfully hard to put down — and which you will likely find just as hard to purchase.
Sorry about that.