12 years is a bit over twice the usual MM aging period but they are seeking a balanced whisky without an overly woody effect.
Life's too short, and there's too much good whiskey within reach.
Sounds good to me.
One of the reasons Pappy bought the distillery was because Old Fitzgerald was already known as a quality brand and to his credit he continued with the wheat recipe developed by A. P. Stitzel. Pappy certainly made them famous though.