A little bit of history here- Pappy Van Winkle bought the Old Fitzgerald brand and it was the wheated bourbon in it’s hay day. However, the brand has since transferred hands to Heaven Hill, while Pappy is made at Buffalo Trace, and Steitzel Weller, Pappy’s distillery, long idle, distills Bulleit. Old Fitz is now generally a mid to bottom shelf bourbon, being replaced by Larceny, Heaven Hill’s wheated bourbon with a peanut finish.
But, twice a year, Heaven Hill releases an Old Fitz 11 year old that is bottled in bond. It’s of course a limited release and hard to get, but my friends at Hokus Pokus have my back. This cool Monday evening after it has been cloudy with a bit of rain couldn’t be better to sit on the porch and have a bourbon and a cigar, and watch the cloudy sunset after a long day at work.
This whiskey comes in a beautiful decanter with a glass and cork stopper. They definitely have the presentation down.
Color is a deep amber with flecks of mahogany. Nose is rich and sweet. Corn sweetness, soft wheat, a hint of oak. Thick oily long legs. Palate starts out soft and sweet and the oak spice and wood sugars are so pronounced you would swear this could be rye recipe bourbon, but the spice is different. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost like Baker’s. Extremely smooth. Finish is lingering oak spice; with a little nutmeat on the end that reminds me yes, this is a Beam family product with that wild yeast, but with good result like Booker’s, Knob Creek, or Baker’s. Absolutely top drawer.
Now going to light up a Flor de las Antillas box pressed cigar and look at this purple and pink sky in my yard. Because I owned Monday today.