Old Fitzgerald Prime Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
What the Distillery Says:
An historic brand, which dates back over 120 years, Old Fitzgerald Bourbon enjoys a nationally recognized reputation as an award winning whiskey with a tradition of extra-aging.
Made with a “whisper of wheat” instead of the more traditional rye grain, Old Fitzgerald offers a unique and well-loved taste profile. Today, Master Distillers Parker and Craig Beam have preserved the traditional formula and techniques, while adding the benefits of seven generations of Bourbon distilling expertise.
What Gary Says:
Nose: Anise, candy corn in molasses, hint of mint.
Palate: Licorice, caramel corn, cherry-cola (strange, but that’s what the brain is pegging it at!), bit of wood.
Finish: Fleeting with just a touch of spice at the end.
Comments: While a pleasant dram, I would also call it forgettable and uninspiring. I tend to prefer rye-forward bourbons than wheaters, which doesn’t help its cause for me personally. Very smooth – for the money, it isn’t bad. This is the “entry level” in the Old Fitz line, so would expect better when progressing through the lineup.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Initially it’s a sharp licorice nose that settles into honeysuckle and spearmint.
Palate: The mouthfeel is very thin but the flavor is nice. A light candy sweetness that quickly turns dry with a black pepper bite around the edges.
Finish: Black pepper with a dash of cayenne and wet wood pulp.
Comments: Meh. Not bad by any means but not noteworthy either. For $14 you could definitely do worse. It’s thin and doesn’t leave you wanting more but it is a fine utility bourbon.