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Heaven Hill provided ModernThirst with a sample of this whiskey with no strings attached. The thoughts and opinions in this review are our own.

What it is

The second iteration of the newly relaunched Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond label, this release follows up on the somewhat disappointing Spring 2018 release that we didn’t find particularly appealing. This particular bottle is 9 years old, and as a bonded whiskey is 100 proof. Retail Price is to be $89.99


Dark brown-gold.


Lots of vanilla, oak, a surprising citrus fruitiness, and soft wheat bread.


Sweet creme brulee, a bit of heat, and vanilla are the overarching flavors here, followed by tapioca and sweet corn.


Viscous and fairly long in length, this finish is laced with spicy cinnamon and sweet creamy vanilla with a slightly bitter tannic tail.


This is a huge improvement over the Spring release, and is what we hoped a longer aged (and higher priced) Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond would be when it was announced. The creaminess and soft mouthfeel we wanted in Heaven Hill’s wheated mash bill is clearly present here with loads of depth in flavor. In addition, the over-oaked finish on the spring release is mostly gone here, replaced by a spice that is surprising in a wheater, and very welcome. Unlike the Spring batch, I highly recommend picking up a bottle of this.

ModernThirst.com Score: 91 out of 100

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Old Fitz Bottled in Bond fall 2108

91 Excellent

This is the release we wanted in the Spring.

About Author

Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com, and Founder and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

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