Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond

We couldn't help but drop three bills on Heaven Hill's 11-year-old bonded "Old Fitzgerald" reboot. I'm a Heaven Hill fanboy, the packaging on this product is amazing, and most enthusiasts agree that bourbons in the 10-12 year range can be uh-mazing. 

I became concerned after reading some negative Nancy reviews from trusted bloggers on this one (e.g. Bourbon & Banter; Bourbonr), but we had to taste for ourselves! 

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Old Fitzgerald 11-Year-Old Bottled in Bond
100 proof

$110

Color: Beautiful, dark amber.

Nose: Wow. Nice! Brown sugary creme brulee, honeycomb, caramel candies, new baseball mitt leather, and a touch of charred oak. 

Tasting Notes: Hmm. Lighter than expected. I get some of the classic caramel and a touch of dusty chocolate, but it's fairly spicy and sort of thin for a 100 proof bourbon that's been in charred oak for nearly 140 months! 

Overall: C+. A nice sipper, but I tend to agree with the Nancies! Next to Heaven Hill's $30 Henry McKenna (a 10-year-old bonded bourbon), this is a bad deal unless you collect decanters...oh well.

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