Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 15 Years Old Fall 2019 Edition
Remember the 11 year old and 9 year old Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon releases from 2018? How quaint: Up next is a 15 year old release of the bourbon, comprised of barrels produced in September of 2005 and bottled in February of 2019. As with all Old Fitz bonded releases, it’s a wheated bourbon that comes in an ornate decanter which absolutely does nothing to keep the price down.
Let’s give it a whirl.
The whiskey doesn’t immediately present itself as a wheater, with a bold peanut brittle note, some dark chocolate, and a hit of menthol. There’s ample barrel char here, a bit peppery, which is less unusual and which offers a fairly burly character as it develops in the glass. The palate is lightly sweet, nutty, and fruity all at once, with notes of apples and red berries taking the edge off the barrel char notes. It’s all prelude to a quite sweet finish, however, which finds an emergence of butterscotch and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup lightening the mood.
The bourbon’s solid stuff, though none of these elements are particularly surprising or unique for bourbondom. There’s also the cost issue: Given the street price of $500 (vs. a list price of $150), I couldn’t blame you for thinking carefully before diving in to this one.