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John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve Tasting notes and reviews

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John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve

Brand
John E. Fitzgerald
Expression
Very Special Reserve
Type
American Whiskey ~ Bourbon
Abv
45.00%
Produced at
Stitzel-Weller Distillery (Closed 1991)
Region
Kentucky
Website
www.heavenhill.com
Availability
USA

Chris Goodrum

96
Nose
Complex, intense, pungent dark treacle, huge spices and an Armagnac rancio of dark pruney fruit. Tart citrus, dark chocolate, coffee, dusty violets and thick, well-behaved oak.
Palate
Light and elegant with juicy, chunky, raisinated Armagnac fruit. So succulent with leather, tobacco, smoke and violets. Drying dark chocolaty tannins come through on the middle.
Finish
Intense, herbal marc-like notes and eye-wateringly, biting, bitter chocolate. Treacle and restrained oak balance.
Comment
Monstrous but elegant and complex. What would it have been like at cask strength?!

Joel Harrison

91
Nose
Very big and meaty, but with some juicy red berry fruit notes. Think venison cooked with plums and cooking apples. Real quality whiskey making here.
Palate
Delicious palate, just dry enough, taking influence from the wood without losing an energy to the flavours. This could be sipped as well as mixed. Versatile flavours.
Finish
Fascinating, tastes almost exactly like a Sazerac cocktail. Some star anise, cherry and sweet sugar.
Comment
I liked this spicy, oaky number. Any longer in a cask and it would be too dry, but this was big, bold and brash!
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