Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 Year Fall 2018 Release
Now headed by Denny Potter and Charlie Downs, the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond series is a true expression of history. Adhering to the bottled-in-bond regulations, this whiskey was distilled during a single year at a single distillery, aged for at least four years in a bonded warehouse, and bottled at 100 proof.
Heaven Hill adds another layer by distinguishing between two distilling seasons each year – spring and fall – hearkening back to a time when distillation was more closely dependent on seasonal grain harvests. The bottled-in-bond regulations were developed to ensure quality during a time when product tampering was more common. Old Fitzgerald, Larceny, and a handful of other brands are tribute to the days where the best whiskey was approved and monitored by the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. It may be less necessary in some respects to follow these rules today, but the heritage ensure quality. Plus we all like to enjoy a story with our whiskey.
This particular bourbon was distilled in fall 2008, which was a slightly warmer and drier year than usual. Another important feature is that Old Fitzgerald is a wheated bourbon. At 20% wheat, it approaches the ‘seasoning’ of the corn differently than rye ‘flavored’ bourbons. Softer and less spicy, some of the most desired bourbons fall under the wheated category, often because they are usually fantastic neat.