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Every Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond Reviewed [Complete Guide]

Oct 18, 2020

Glencairn Whiskey Glass

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond is a unique wheater because of its Bottled in Bond status, and it excels at balancing oak with sweet, delicate fruit notes. It’s also a limited release that can be easier to find. I also appreciate that Heaven Hill changes the price each year based on the age of the bourbon in the decanter.

You will notice the spring releases have a green label and the fall releases have a black label. You may have also seen a red label Old Fitz Bottled in Bond — this red label is a distillery only release (I couldn’t find confirmation, but I believe these releases are every summer). Top all of that off by the fact that you get a beautiful decanter after the bourbon is gone, and I’ve always felt like Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond is a great value.

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Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 14 Year (Fall 2020)

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 14 Year (Fall 2020)

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 14 Year (Fall 2020)
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 14 Year (Fall 2020)Details
ProductionBottled in Bond
Mashbill68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted Barley
Age14 Years
Proof100 Proof
ABV50%
Price$140
DistilleryHeaven Hill Distillery
ProsClassic Bourbon Profile with Depth and Complexity
ConsMore of Everything Would Take It Into Rarefied Air
RatingGold 93.2 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It Now

Nose – 94 out of 100 Points

The nose offers a classic bourbon profile, but it’s a mile deep. The nose offers dark, rich caramel, vanilla, charred oak, burnt brown sugar, and molasses. After nosing for a few minutes, the Glencairn is streaked with thick droplets of bourbon.

Taste – 93 out of 100 Points

I got a pop of cherry and tart apple followed by a tingly Szechuan peppercorn. The mouthfeel is excellent with thick caramel covering the palate and toasted oak taking the wheel on the final lap.

Finish – 93 out of 100 Points

The finish starts with caramel but finishes with oak and white pepper.

Complexity – 93 out of 100 Points

The flavor profile is straightforward but delicious with depth and complexity.

Value – 93 out of 100 Points

Old Fitz Fall 2020’s retail is $140. For the age and taste, it’s a go for me. I’d buy this all day.

Verdict – Gold 93.2 out of 100 Points

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Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 Year (Spring 2020)

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 Year (Spring 2020)
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 Year (Spring 2020)Details
ProductionBottled in Bond
Mashbill68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted Barley
Age9 Years
Proof100 Proof
ABV50%
Price$89
DistilleryHeaven Hill Distillery
ProsGreat Nose
ConsLack of Depth on Palate
RatingSilver 90 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It Now

Long legs. Great glass coverage. It’s also got great color — burnished brass and a dark amber hue.

Nose – 93 out of 100 Points

It’s a deep, rich caramel. A backdrop of baking spice. Cinnamon bun.

Taste – 89 out of 100 Points

Just a pop of caramel and rock fruit stewed in savory cinnamon on the front of palate then comes black pepper, charred oak, and a hint of vanilla.

It’s a good palate but I was hoping for more of that deep, rich caramel from the nose. It does coat the mouth well. Got great chew.

Finish – 89 out of 100 Points

Medium finish with baking spice, oak, and black pepper.

Verdict – Silver 90 out of 100 Points

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The nose had me ready to fall in love but instead, it was more can we just be friends. Solid pour but not over the top good like other releases.

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 15 Year (Fall 2019)

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 15 Year (Fall 2019)

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 15 Year (Fall 2019)
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 15 Year (Fall 2019)Details
ProductionBottled in Bond
Mashbill68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted Barley
Age15 Years
Proof100°
ABV50%
Price$150
DistilleryHeaven Hill Distillery
ProsBalanced and Complex with Gorgeous Oak Notes
ConsNo Glaring Cons
RatingGold 94 out of 100 Points
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Long, thin beads roll down my Glencairn whiskey glass.

Nose – 95 out of 100 Points

The Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 15 year hits you with dark, rich stewed rock fruits and red plums. Charred oak with dark caramel and maple also round out this sensory experience with hints of baking spice.

Taste – 94 out of 100 Points

Crisp summer fruit appears down the middle of the palate. Black pepper tingles the tip of the tongue and runs down the roof of the mouth. Charred oak glides down the side of the palate. Maple stripe coats everything.

Finish – 92 out of 100 Points

The black pepper and charred oak drive the medium to long finish. Subtle notes of maple syrup round out a dry finish. I also get just a hint of citrus and rock fruit.

Verdict – Gold 94 out of 100 Points

What I enjoy about the Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond series is the presence of oak in a wheated bourbon even in its younger expressions. It adds complexity and intrigue to what could be a one-man band.

Also, of all the fall and spring limited released some elbow grease can prove successful with Old Fitz Bottled in Bond decanters.

Pro Tip: Drink this with a sugar cookie. Leave your tasting notes in the comments.

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 13 Year (Spring 2019)

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 13 Year (Spring 2019)

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 13 Year (Spring 2019)
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 13 Year (Spring 2019)Details
ProductionBottled in Bond
Mashbill68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted Barley
Age13 Years
Proof100°
ABV50%
Price$130
DistilleryHeaven Hill Distillery
ProsComplex Nose
ConsNot My Fav Flavor Profile on Palate
RatingSilver 90 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It Later

Long, thin legs. Solid glass coverage. Color is more honey and light orange.

Nose – 91 out of 100 Points

OF13 has a yeasty bread and savory, baking spice nose. I also get toasted walnuts and dried cranberries.

Taste – 88 out of 100 Points

I get some jalapeño on the side palate along with some oak. I also get a Canadian rye pop of flavor.

This has the most uncharacteristic flavor profile out of any of the Old Fitz I’ve had.

Finish – 90 out of 100 Points

Solid finish. It’s long. Baking spice and jalapeño.

Verdict – Silver 90 out of 100 Points

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The flavor profile was unique. I hardly got any sweetness. This release was all savory.

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 Year (Fall 2018)

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 Year (Fall 2018)

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 Year (Fall 2018)
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 Year (Fall 2018)Details
ProductionBottled in Bond
Mashbill68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted Barley
Age9 Years
Proof100°
ABV50%
Price$90
DistilleryHeaven Hill Distillery
ProsLove the Fruit Forward Nose
ConsWanted Some of Those Sweet Notes on Finish
RatingSilver 90 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It Now

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 Year is a copper color in the glass.

Nose – 91 out of 100 Points

This release is more stewed apples, baking spices, and pie crust. You also get hints of oak on the nose. I also get notes of dried red fruits like plums and cherries.

Taste – 89 out of 100 Points

Another win for Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond series with a rich flavor profile with a great mouthful. I get more leather and tobacco on the side of the palate. The front of the palate has more oak and black pepper. The mid-palate has floral notes like potpourri (in the best possible sense). Think savory, floral notes like cardamom.

Finish – 89 out of 100 Points

Charred oak and black pepper with a long finish. The black pepper plays beautifully with the oak, sweet floral notes, tobacco, and leather.

Verdict – Silver 90 out of 100 Points

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Out of the 2018 releases, Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year (Spring 2018) was my favorite, but this was still worth purchasing and drinking. An easy way to distinguish spring from fall is the color of the label. The fall release has a black label. The spring is a green label.

Leave your tasting notes in the comments.

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year (Spring 2018)

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year (Spring 2018)

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year (Spring 2018)
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year (Spring 2018)Details
ProductionBottled in Bond
Mash Bill68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted Barley
Age11 Years
Proof100 Proof
ABV50%
Price$110
DistilleryHeaven Hill Distillery
ProsConsistent Drinking Experience
ConsNeed to Breath to Open Up Flavors
RatingSilver 92 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It Now

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year is copper-colored. It’s a medium viscosity.

Nose – 91 out of Points

When first opening Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year, the nose was subtle, crisp summer rock fruit, and floral. After sitting for a month, the nose opened and other bolder flavors are popping like caramel, toffee, and almonds. After sitting, the rock fruit had a more reduced flavor like it was cooked down with butter.

Taste – 92 out of 100 Points

It opens with a touch of the rock fruit but more dried, condensed sweetness. The mid-palate is full of baking spices like cinnamon and oak with a buttery mouthful. There are also some nutty notes. The fruit notes are the star of the show and round out the entire flavor profile.

Finish – 92 out of 100 Points

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year has a medium to long finish. The finish is a medley of cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and with just a hint of smokey, charred oak.

Verdict – Silver 92 out of 100 Points

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Even with the newer releases, I hear people complain about the price point on this and say that you’re paying for the decanter, but I find the price to be reasonable for the bourbon in the decanter — and the decanter is just the cherry on top. Don’t hesitate to buy it when you see these.

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About Matty Sims

Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, Thrive Global and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys. He has also created single barrel stickers for Bourbon Pursuit and Total Wine.
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