March 4, 2006

Very Special Old Fitzgerald Bourbon Review

Very Special Old Fitzgerald
12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 Proof (45% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $45 for 750ml - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits

Old Fitzgerald Very SpecialUsually, when something is called special, it puts us in mind of short buses and drool mops. When something is called "very special," it reminds us of chintzy 80s TV - "and tonight, on a very special episode of Golden Girls, Blanche learns the true meaning of friendship when the rest of the girls help her hide her herpes outbreak..." You know, that kind of stuff. When we saw Very Special Old Fitzgerald staring up at us from its squat, ugly little bottle, we were brought to mind of something along both of those lines.

It's a good thing we didn't let that pre-judgement keep us from trying a taste, however, because we would have been missing out on something truly...well...special. And we mean that in the nicest sense of the word.

The Color: Lovely Brown
It's very, special, old and brown.

The Nose: Caramel Apples
The first smell we took in was a delicate whiff of apple blossoms, followed by caramel. All in all it was very delicate, almost floral, with a leathery tinge at the end.

The Taste: Hi, Honey, I'm Home
The first taste was tart, with honey and brown sugar and fruit all very prominent. The fruit was a touch of the apple we smelled, mixed with a citrusy undertone. It smelled like leather and unsmoked tobacco, but It also reminded us of the bigger, older brother of Bernheim's Wheat Whiskey, and were we glad of that. We did a little reading, and we found out that Old Fitzgerald replaces most of the rye in its mix with wheat, so we weren't too far off in that comparison.

With the lessened amount of rye there was very little fire to it, and all in all, it was clean, sweet and perilously tasty. In fact, it was everything we could do not to muscle through a good portion of the bottle in a sitting.

The Recipes: Don't Even Think About It
Drink this one straight, or add one or two drops of cool water - resist the temptation to add ice or mix it.

The Verdict: Very Special, Indeed
This stuff is officially one of our favorite Bourbons. Pour a nice snort of it in a snifter, not a rocks glass, and sit down with your favorite book (or liquor-related website). Hold it up to your nose, swish it around in the glass, take a taste. This is Bourbon that makes you glad you drank all those other brands, because it lets you appreciate how good the one in your glass is.

The Site: Read up on Old Fitz at the Bardstown Bourbon Society.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at March 4, 2006 8:19 AM
Recent Comments

I have sealed bottle of 100 proof 12 year old Very Very Old Fitzgerald that I am guessing is from the 1980's. Any idea how I find out it's value or if I can sell it?

Posted by: Jill at January 1, 2015 7:50 PM


Posted by: WINI at May 16, 2014 7:40 PM

I have a old Fitzgerald Collection Liquor Bottle 65170. Picture of a bird in a pear tree, good condition, still has cork

Posted by: Martha Lewis at April 4, 2013 4:22 PM

I have an unopened half pint bottle of Very Old Fitzgerald Original Sour Mash Kentucky Bonded bourbon barreled in 1963 and bottled in 1971. what's it worth?

Posted by: Bob Gibilisco at January 2, 2013 4:17 PM

I'm interested in purchasing old bottles of Old Fitzgerald. If anyone wants to sell one email me:

Posted by: Andrew at April 24, 2012 2:23 PM

I have (2) bottles of Very old Fitzgerald, Drum Bottle, original bottle never open, tag says collector's item, 100 Proof half pint, Rare vintage bourbon, sealed 99555275 on one, barrled in 1964 bottled in 1972. Other is same barrled in 1965 bottled in 1973. Have cases and tissue paper wrapping. Are these worth any?

Posted by: Jo at October 16, 2011 4:39 PM

I have a 3/4 bottle of Very Extra Old Bottled in Bond Fitzgerald Bourbon, barreled in 1954 bottled in 1964. It has 2 shot glasses in a key lock green case. The cork broke off so I put a wine seal on it. Is it okay to drink, will the wine seal work and is it worth anything to anyone?

Posted by: John Birckhead at December 24, 2010 1:46 PM

I have come across a bottle of 1950 barreled/ 1958 bottled, 3/4 qt, Bonded 8 yrs old collectors item Old Fitzgerald, sealed and has State of Illinois liq, tax stamps on it.
Not a Bourbon drinker, only interested in making it available to someone who can appreciate it
Please contact me at

Posted by: David Cruz at December 23, 2010 7:54 PM


Posted by: THOMAS R. BACH, SR. at October 8, 2010 6:58 PM


Posted by: michael at September 30, 2010 9:47 PM

I have a Very Old Fitzgerald 12 year barelled 1956 bottled in 1968 unopened. Also have a Verdemont Orange bitters I believe its 1932 unopened. What are these worth? I cannot find anything especially on the Verdemont organge bitters. Please email me any info

Posted by: Brad at September 19, 2010 9:42 AM

How much would a miniature bottle of 100 proof old fitzgerald in mint condition still sealed be worth?

Posted by: charles at September 5, 2010 12:28 PM

I have a freind with a bottle of very very old Fitzgerald. barreled in 1952 and bottled in 1965 and he was wondering what it was worth. please email me at

Posted by: troy at September 1, 2010 8:30 PM

I just received a half pint bottle of Very Old Fitz. barreled in 1950 and bottled in '58. I t has a collectors label on it., What is this worth?
Thank you. E-mail me please.

Posted by: Patrick Prock at May 27, 2010 5:14 PM

Been wishing for a bottle of Very Old Fitzgerald or Very Very Old Fitzgerald for a very long time. If you have a bottle that you would like to sell please email me at thanks!

Posted by: Hugh at April 14, 2010 1:38 AM

I have a bottle of Very Old Fitgerald Connoisseurs Whiskey, barrelled in 1942 and bottled in 1950. The whiskey is 68 years old. The seal is still unbroken. Can anyone tell me the value. I would be interested in selling it if it's of value to some of you who prize such things. I'm a very occasional bourbon drinker.

Posted by: gary millhollon at April 9, 2010 11:12 PM

i have some miniture bottle of Canadian club,1966,Walkare's Burbon1967,Canadian Mist1967,Bols CremeDe Mint1966 are they worth anthing???

Posted by: melissa robinson at April 8, 2010 8:12 PM

I've seen everybody's posts on old bottles of Old Fitzgerald, but I have one that is antique. It's been in the family for about 50 years and it was bottled in 1907 (103 years ago). It has a cork and has been stored on it's side. Can any body give me a value - we're interested in selling.

Posted by: Judy V. at February 26, 2010 1:35 PM

my friend Mary has a bottle of Very Old Fitzgerald barreled in 1957 and bottled in 1965. It's in it's own case and is unopened. Can you give us an idea of it's approx. value please? We'd truly appreciate it. Thank you. T-Bone

Posted by: T-Bone at February 18, 2010 1:50 PM

I have a bottle of very old Fitzgerald made specially for Charles J. Lick. Barreled in 1946 and bottled in 1954.I was wondering how much it id worth.Please email me back at


Posted by: Mario Diaz at September 29, 2009 8:31 PM

i have a bottle of oldfitzsgerald 8yr old. handmade sourmash bourbon it was distilled in 1947 and bottledin 1955. it has a cork top.

Posted by: steve at September 24, 2009 8:47 AM

I'm looking for a bottle of Very Old Fitzgerald. My dad used to drink it many years ago and I'd like to give him one as a gift. Any chance that someone is willing to part with one?

Posted by: Tom at September 2, 2009 9:25 AM

I have a 5th of Very Old Fitzgerald 100 proof barrelled in 1959 and bottled in 1967. What is it worth?? Thanks

Posted by: Fred Clarke at May 16, 2009 9:30 AM

I have a 1/2 pint bottle of Very Old Fitzgerald barreled in 1955 and bottled in 1963 for Connoisseurs of Fine Whiskey. It has never been opened and is wrapped in special Old Fitz paper and is in a very specially made box for the small bottle. What might the value be? thanks--Bill

Posted by: bill at April 23, 2009 2:21 PM

I have a bottle of Very Old Fitzgerald, bottled expressively for Connoissurs of fine burbon, barrelled in 1951, bottled in 1959, 8 yrs old wiskey. It has all the original lables, and never has been opened. I also have an empty bottle of Bean Kentucky Straight wiskey, has a drawing by jlochart of a Mallard, Redhead, on a canvasbackground. Are these worth anything?Thanking you in advance Rose

Posted by: Rose at April 8, 2009 2:02 PM

I have a bottle of 8yr old Olde Fitzgerald 100 proof. It was barreled in 1947 and bottled in 1955. It is in the original box. However the box is broken-not the bottle. What is this worth? Thanks

Posted by: Lisa at April 2, 2009 1:40 PM

We have an Old Fitzgerald leprechaun porcelan bottle called 'wearing 'O the Green'made in 1968 bottle has been opened and not much left, but bottle is in perfect condition. All labels intact. Any idea of the value of this bottle. Thanks

Posted by: Janine at March 15, 2009 5:32 AM

You think that 12 years is good aged? BAH! Try it when it's been in an unopened bottle for 30 years and aged 12 years in a oak barrel for 12 years prior. That's truly the good stuff.

Posted by: Angelus at November 5, 2008 1:29 AM

I have several bottles of Very Very Old is excellent and I saw a bottle sell for over $500.00 earlier this summer.

Posted by: Mitch at October 2, 2008 9:17 PM

We've been digging around on the Infernets, and there seem to be a lot of people asking questions like this, but not very many answers. We're going to keep trying with some of our contacts in the liquor industry, but does anyone know a good resource for finding these kinds of answers off the top of their head?

Posted by: Liquor Snob at September 24, 2008 9:30 AM

I have an un-opened bottle of Very Very Old Fitzgerald bonded 12 year old straight 100 proof bourbon whisky. The green Stilzel-Weller Distillery label has not been broken. I've read reviews that say this was the best bourbon ever bottled. I'd like to get an idea of what a collector could be expected to pay for this collectors item. The date on the seal is Fall 1977

Posted by: Sam Martin at September 23, 2008 8:36 PM

It's our understanding there are no problems with drinking older booze. There's a chance the years may have caused some of the alcohol to evaporate or slightly changed the flavor, but it should be safe. Of course, we're not doctors so don't blame us if you end up with a case of Christmas ptomaine...

Posted by: Liquor Snob at December 19, 2007 7:32 AM

I have a 4/5 quart bottle of "Very Old Fitzgerald" barreled in 1964,bottled in 1972, sealed and aged for 8 years. What would it be worth and would it be safe to drink?

Posted by: Mark at December 18, 2007 10:12 PM

I have a bottle of "Very Old Fitzgerald" bottled in 1953 with a custom label from Old Fitzgeraled. It was a gift from the late great Charlie Chaplin to my grandfather whos name happend to be Charles Chaplin. At the bottom of the label it reads "For the personal use of Charles Chaplin" Any idea of what this bottle might be worth? Please email me. I have no problem with selling this bottle if the price is right.

Tim Warren

Posted by: Tim Warren at January 8, 2007 5:17 PM

i have received a collector's bottle item. it has its own case it says " very old fitzgerald" in drum bottle, 8 yr old bonded 100 proof. bottled in 1964. is this somthing i sould hold onto? whats it worth????

please reply to my e-mail

cole hunter

Posted by: cole hunter at May 4, 2006 9:49 AM
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