You could say that Heaven Hill Distillery is responsible for keeping the notion of Bottled in Bond spirits from going the way of the tax stamp that distinguished them. Long time labels such as Heaven Hill, Rittenhouse Rye, Mellow Corn, Henry McKenna, and Old Fitzgerald are common stakeholders on the lower shelves of most any decent whiskey retailer. Yesterday, an older, more expensive limited-edition series of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was announced by the distillery.
The new Old Fitz will be released each spring and fall, and the age of the releases will vary. The first of the series, to be released this spring, is a mingling of the wheated bourbon barreled from February – May of 2006, and bottled in April of 2018 and is expected to retail at about $110.
The fancy bottle is inspired by the 1950’s diamond decanter, the slogan, “Your key to hospitality,” is from the 1940’s, and the label looks back to the 1910’s, but the collectibility is very 2018. Lauren Cherry, representing Heaven Hill Brands, states that “barrels have not yet been dumped, but we are estimating the amount for this edition to be from 14,000-17,000 bottles.” That’s just 11-14 hundred cases, friends. Make nice with your local retailer now!
*The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 is a strict set of legal requirements as contained in the United States government’s Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits. To be labeled as Bottled in Bond, a spirit must be the product of one distillery and distilled during just one distillation season (January-June or July-December). These spirits, usually whiskeys, must be aged for at least four years, and bottled at exactly 100 Proof. Additionally, the Distilled Spirits Plant (D.S.P.) numbers of both the production and bottling facilities must be stated on the label.