Pleasant enough, but sadly not very remarkable, and a bit of a stretch for the money they want for it , even though they dropped the price from the last edition by $40. Not a fan particularly .
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This is the eighth edition we have reviewed so far. There have been a total of eight releases altogether, but we missed the first two. We started with the Old Fitz Spring 2020 Edition, The Old Fitz Fall 2020 Edition, Old Fitz Spring 2021, The Old Fitz Fall 2021, The Old Fitz Spring 2022, the Sixth Edition the Fall of 2022, the Old Fitz Spring of 20203, and now this one, The Old Fitz Bottled in Bond Fall 2023, This is two years younger than the previous ( Spring of 2023).
Appearance: Nice golden color to it. At eight years old, it has a few traces of redshift to it from aging, but not a lot. Very oily viscosity to it, leaving a medium to heavy coating on the glass when swirling with some legs forming.
First Impression: Mint, pepper, pear, traces of spice.
Taste: Oily entry and smooth with slightly mint notes with lots of corn smoothness. Pepper notes start in after a bit, along with molasses and cinnamon, and notes of fruit ( pear, peach, and other tree fruits) chime in.
Drinks: Works well in standard bourbon cocktails but a bit light in taste and body, so keep them simple.
Bottle: I cannot comment as we were not sent a production bottle.
Other: Good with a sunshade wrapper cigar.
Final Thoughts: Not a favorite. A bit less complex than a number of past editions
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