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Old Fitzgerald 12 Year Old

The Shoe Fitz

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@OJKReview by @OJK

21st Sep 2010

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Nose, Taste, Finish and Balance are graded out of 2.5 each:

Nose: Luscious summer oranges floating in vanilla butter, followed by rich shortbread dipped in custard. An mesmerisingly smooth and confident nose. 2.5

Taste: As full bodied as the deep colour would suggest, with a restrained oak layering itself over the palate before rhythmic waves of vanilla, cinnamon and ginger sensually lick against it. 2.0

Finish: As the vanillas rain down heavily, an inverted umbrella of molten brown sugar opens up fully in the mouth, almost stretching the palate as it does so, before catching in it the cascading toffeed oranges and ginger coated bananas. A candied tropical storm of a finish. 2.5

Balance: Like a meteorological event this bourbon has come straight out of nowhere and swept away all that came before it. Beautiful structures such as the Eagle Rare 10 and the Blanton's Single Barrel Gold Edition lie wearily damaged in its wake. And like all forces of nature there is a compelling beauty to its power, and this Old Fitzgerald is a true monsoon of a bourbon. Awe-inspiring. 2.5

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7 comments

@AboutChoice
AboutChoice commented

I have heard this was good ... and your descriptive review makes it appear even better. But so far, Old Fitz is a bit hard to find.

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

"Beautiful structures such as the Eagle Rare 10 and the Blanton's Single Barrel Gold Edition lie wearily damaged in its wake." Well then, I guess I'll just HAVE to track this one down, won't I?

9 years ago 0

@OJK
OJK commented

@AboutChoice and @dbk: hey guys, it is indeed exceptional bourbon. I have since tried it again and it really is that good. Strangely it's quite easy to find here in the UK - let me know though if you can't find it over in usa/canada, I would be happy to send you each a sample.

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Cheers, @OJK!

9 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

OJK: I have wanted to try the Old Fitz 12 for some time, but even though I live in an area with excellent whiskey availability and probably the best prices in the USA, I have never seen it in a store or on a bar menu. As to samples in the mail, in Maryland it is a felony to ship liquor into the state. There are odd local laws here.

9 years ago 0

@OJK
OJK commented

@Victor: it does indeed seem such an injustice that this champion bourbon should not be allowed to be celebrated by his home crowd! so much so that for him to even visit from exile should be a felony! one day i'm sure you'll manage to try it, and i'm quite confident you'll deem it worth the wait.

9 years ago 0

@stevesmyth30
stevesmyth30 commented

Just cracked this bottle open...By sheer luck I stumbled upon it. I love this review....very accurate. I liken the nose to almost candied yams. And the flavor is pure sugar cookie and bread pudding....and not the boring bread pudding, the warm, caramel cinnamon stuff mom makes at Christmas time....this bourbon stayed in my mouth long after swallowing...such a great bourbon for the price really.

8 years ago 0

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