Old Fitzgerald bonded launch #2 for 2021 has arrived, dropping as an 11 yr outdated expression this day out. Distilled in spring 2010, it was bottled earlier this yr and has been sitting idle because it awaits launch this month. Followers of the collection could want to examine it to the Spring 2018 launch (we didn’t evaluate it), which was additionally an 11 yr outdated expression.
Immediately this whiskey reveals itself as probably the most uncommon expressions of Previous Fitzgerald within the collection thus far. A nostril of closely toasted oak, layered with mushroom and leather-based saddle notes, coalesces right into a considerably funky, calmly sweaty fragrant profile. There’s no fruit to be discovered right here; on the nostril it’s a purely savory expertise that is still closed off all through the expertise.
There’s extra to love on the tongue, with a gunpowder notice slowly fading because it makes its solution to extra thrilling notes of darkish chocolate and darkish roast espresso, however the general expertise stays closely dialed towards savory qualities all through the expertise. Some sweeter milk chocolate notes and even a touch of mint emerge on the end, however these components are stored in test by an aggressive beefy character and ample, lingering char.
I can’t guess precisely what went sideways with this bottling, however I do know you’ll discover some rather more attention-grabbing expressions in case you look additional again within the lineup’s historical past.
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