Very Old Fitzgerald (1952)
Added on Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 09:55 PM
  Bottler: Stitzel-Weller
  Age: 8 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 1952 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only

Bottled in Bond       Distilled Spring 1952       Bottled Fall 1960


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Note: Some LAWS members suspect that the samples tasted below may not be representative of the intended flavor of this whisky. They believe the whisky has undergone some chemical processes which introduced flavors into the whisky not intended by the distillers.
Member Ratings and Notes
Not a lot there in the nose.  The palate is medium-to-largely sweet, and good, with decent depth.  The finish is long, building, kinda nutty, and rather boozy.  Some soapy aspects join that boozyness, and that's what really hurts this bourbon.  It would be really good stuff if it didn't fall apart in the finish.  
N: Mild, with butterscotch and citrus
P: Big and flowery, then rich rancio.
F: Rich and creamy, but then a gnarly soapiness emerges that, like a turd in the punchbowl, ruins the whole party. 
Nose:  Lots of alcohol on the nose, some caramel, but mostly alcohol.
Palate:  Big oak notes with sweet corn, chewy mounthfeel, a bit of perfume going into the finish which is fairly perfumed.

A bit over oaked, but nice stuff. 

On now reviewing the other notes, I have to say I don't detect the excessive soapiness (except maybe a little of that type of scent that I'm labeling as perfume).  It may also be that this has opened up a bit with exposure to oxygen since Adam and Chris tried it.  I found it a bit over oaked, but altogether a decent Bourbon, though certainly not among the best Stitzel-Wellers I've had. 

Disclaimer: I had a different bottle than Adam, Chris and Sku.


Nose has an incredible deptch and richness. Typical bourbon profile, but elegant in all respects. On the tongue, the oak is perfect. Not too much, not too little. Drinks a lot like a cognac (which is starting to be a theme on many of these VOFs). Was too busy enjoying for more notes. [1/25/15] 

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