Spring 2018, 100 Proof, 50% ABV
Can we go ahead and declare 2018 the year of the bottle, what with this keepsake worthy flask and the incredible Four Roses Al Young? I Might even say this decanter beats the stylish Mr. Young in looks, but not in flavor. Not that this special Old Fitz isn’t good, it’s just the Four Roses is great—and at a better price if you can find it. With that said, let’s get into the juice.
A burnished coppery auburn with glacially slow and thin legs slipping down the glass.
At first whiff I got strawberry and apricot for some unique fruit, and not much of the alcohol acetone I expected at 100 proof.
I was greeted which a rich drying leather and only subtle fruit flavors in spite of what the nose led me to expect. It has a long finish lingering on the back of the tongue with a sharp hit of cinnamon, packing more heat than sweet. After I added a couple of small cubes of ice and let them dilute, it really amped up the nose with a rich caramel and vanilla toffee. It kicked up the finish too, with more dusty bass notes. This one definitely benefited from a slight touch of H20. It still could have used some more of those delicious fruit flavors teased by the scent, but the longer it breathed the more complex it got, going deeper still into the realms of dark chocolate and leather. The finish softened up with more sweetness, too. Overall, this is the kind of bourbon I like. Of course, I like regular Old Fitzgerald Bottle-in-Bond, too, at about one sixth the price of this. (Or more if someone’s really marking it up). I confess you’ll probably see this bottle filled again and again on my bar shelf, and who’ll know the difference of what’s in it?