What it is

An age stated wheated bourbon from Heaven Hill that’s Bonded and released twice a year (spring and fall). 100 Proof, 13 years old.

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Appearance

Ruby Red Amber

Nose

Leather, stone fruit and sweet creamy note with grainy undertone.

Taste

Strong oak and tannin up front (the first few sips really dried out my palate) followed by a settle sweetness and a hint of dried cherries and raisins.

Finish

Long lingering finish that stuck around well after the tasting and an odd dessert note I picked up midway that reminded me of peach cobbler, but it quickly dropped off. Normally I would embrace a long-bodied finish but with these tannins it wasn’t pleasant or enjoyable.

Synopsis

This wasn’t my favorite release but I will admit that overall I’ve enjoyed a few of these expressions (the 9 year was by far my favorite.) I’m not sure if Heaven Hill is trying to compete with Buffalo Trace and offer an wheated line with some age on it or if they are just giving what the masses are screaming for (higher age statements.)
Whatever the case may be I would say save your cash and pass on this release. I did enjoy it but it wasn’t my favorite.

MODERNTHRIST.COM SCORE: 82

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Old Fitz 13 Year

82 Pass

With a rather tannic and bitter finish that overstays its welcome, I would say save your cash and pass on this release.

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Timothy lived in Southern California most of his life and although he drank bourbon for good amount of those years, it wasn't until he moved to Louisville that he really jumped into bourbon head first. He's always been incredibly fascinated with what bourbon has to offer and what goes into making a great bottle of whiskey; from the earth that birthed the beautiful oak for its barrels to the grain that shines through when it first hits your lips. He wants to learn everything there is to know... and then drink it. You can Follow him on instagram @ModernThirstReviews

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