Founded by John Fitzgerald, not to be confused with John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Old Fitzgerald has been around since the late 1800s. It was distilled in the beautiful bourbon making mecca of Frankfort, KY (which, of secondary importance is also the capital of the Commonwealth), but now makes its home in Louisville. It’s been bounced around to several different owners, and I think it’s currently owned by Heaven Hill. But what do I know?
So, it sounds like a craft bourbon that has been commoditized by a behemoth corporation right? Not so, my friends. The 12-year I tried is a fine bourbon that comes in around the mid-twenty dollar bottle range. It has a nice wheat taste with a very smooth finish. It makes me want to work my way through the other offerings, like the Very Special and the 1849.
If you’re looking for a new bourbon to try, which I always am, give Old Fitzgerald a shot.