Pulled an open bottle of Old Fitz 1849 off the shelf last night. It had about 3 oz left in the bottom. I took the cap off and took a whiff and.... ?!?!? Red fruit. Majorly. Pomegranate. Cherry. So much so that I wondered whether I had accidentally decanted grenadine into the bottle. I had my girlfriend check it out, and she got it too. Said it was like some red fruit syrup.
I have never had the smell of a whiskey change so drastically and specifically in the bottle. It was a fine nose to start with and it's only improved. This is the 8 yr label with an '02 bottom stamp. Regardless of who distilled this whiskey, I'm pleased to have a bottle or four backing it up and I'll be interested to see if the fruity nose emerges as they sit.