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Parkersback
05-29-2011, 10:07
The most recent threads on Old Fitz 1849 are all locked, and most of them concern the bottles with an age statement. I was wondering about anyone's opinion of the current stuff.

What with the current talk about Heaven Hill's willingness to make some good wheaters, I wondered about this mid/low shelf expression.

tmckenzie
05-29-2011, 10:40
I had some a few months back and it was not bad. Much better than standard old fitz.

Josh
05-30-2011, 13:32
:shithappens: :shithappens: :shithappens: :shithappens: :shithappens: :shithappens:

I hope that was clear.

Yes better than Old Fitz Prime, but a sharp stick in the eye is better than the current Old Fitz Prime.

But I hold out hope that in a few years it will be back to being drinkable.

George
05-30-2011, 15:50
I recently finished a bottle. It wasn't bad, but I doubt I'll replace it.

cigarnv
05-30-2011, 16:03
I would pass on this in a heartbeat..... JMHO

Rughi
05-30-2011, 18:29
Based on how good the Parker's Heritage wheater 10yo was, ya gotta think there's some really good juice in them thar rickhouses. I wonder how a person could get his hands on it???

I can think of 4 standard production Fitz wheaters

Fitz Bond
Fitz Prime
1849 (formerly 8yo)
Very, Very Super Extra Special Olde Fitzgerald 12yo :grin:

Are there any others? Has the 12yo garnered any following with what I believe would be the interim juice from pre-HH Bernheim?

Roger

RyanL
05-30-2011, 18:38
The most recent threads on Old Fitz 1849 are all locked, and most of them concern the bottles with an age statement. I was wondering about anyone's opinion of the current stuff.

What with the current talk about Heaven Hill's willingness to make some good wheaters, I wondered about this mid/low shelf expression.


Well, willingness and ability are 2 different things. Let's hope HH sees some of the discussions here though and has that willingness because we certainly all know after the PHC10 release that they have the ability to make it. I guess what we really have to hope though is that already have made it, and are just waiting on the right age to release it.

Parkersback
05-30-2011, 19:23
Thanks for the feedback, friends. It was really just curiosity, as I sometimes see it down there on the bottom shelf, looking up at me from that stout little bottle for $17 or so. But right above is it is Weller 12 for $20, or if I'm looking for a cheaper pour, EWB for $13, so I see there's no need to respond to that come hither look she sometimes gives me!

jcg9779
05-30-2011, 21:05
I bought a bottle out of curiosity, and it's one that I try to pawn off on friends that mix their bourbon with coke. It definitely won't be replaced, because I think there are much better mixers at similar prices. I do really enjoy my bottles of the 8yr. 1849 though.

tmckenzie
05-31-2011, 05:11
I think the wheaters from hh will continue to improve. Probably took them a few batches to get it figured out. I know, because we have a bunch of wheated bourbon aging and it is different from making rye bourbon. It took me a few times to get it right.

gblick
06-02-2011, 07:32
I've never seen the 1849, so I'm thinking that they just don't sell it down here. I never see the current VSOF either.

PaulO
06-02-2011, 08:36
Weller 12 for $20 would definitely be my choice! You're lucky man. Many states get no Weller 12 at all. As far as Old Fitz 1849; my impression of the current stuff is it tastes like a watered down version of the bonded. I picked up two bottles of 1849 last year in Louisville. I opened one and thought it was bland. I still have the other unopened. I think all the love for 1849 was for the old stuff with the age statement.

T Comp
06-02-2011, 12:19
I've never seen the 1849, so I'm thinking that they just don't sell it down here. I never see the current VSOF either.

There's 1849 here in Chicago but never seen any current VSOF also. I bought a bottle at Liquor World in Bardstown just because I can't get it here. Haven't opened it yet though.

callmeox
06-02-2011, 12:43
There's 1849 here in Chicago but never seen any current VSOF also. I bought a bottle at Liquor World in Bardstown just because I can't get it here. Haven't opened it yet though.

My current VSOF came from Binnys South Loop last year.

marco246
06-02-2011, 13:24
1849 is the worst bourbon I've encountered on my voyage of exploration. Sickly sweet swill. I'm looking to serve it to the unsuspecting and undiscriminating, as I'm too thrifty to just pour it down the drain.

T Comp
06-02-2011, 14:01
My current VSOF came from Binnys South Loop last year.
Scott, Joe was holding that bottle for you for years.
:grin:

Ian S.
06-02-2011, 15:51
I love VSOF and would love to pick up 1849 and the rest of the OF line. Unfortunately, I can only find regular OF here.

jeff
06-02-2011, 17:00
I'm not sure about current iterations, but many years ago I described the taste as "moldy, over-cooked asparagus." Needless to say I haven't tried it since. To me it is something of an anomaly in the HH lineup. Nothing else tastes quite like it, and that's a good thing. For the record, I'm a big HH fan, just not this bottling.

Rughi
06-02-2011, 17:09
I'm not sure about current iterations, but many years ago I described the taste as "moldy, over-cooked asparagus." Needless to say I haven't tried it since. To me it is something of an anomaly in the HH lineup. Nothing else tastes quite like it, and that's a good thing. For the record, I'm a big HH fan, just not this bottling.

I thought that was EW 1783 you said that about, but that's just my memory and several years for thoughtdecay.

jeff
06-02-2011, 17:14
I thought that was EW 1783 you said that about, but that's just my memory and several years for thoughtdecay.

Ah see, I've been away from this site for so long I'm getting my brands confused. That, and I can't read either, lol. Thanks for correcting my memory Roger!

:toast:

Rughi
06-02-2011, 17:52
Ah see, I've been away from this site for so long I'm getting my brands confused. That, and I can't read either, lol. Thanks for correcting my memory Roger!

:toast:

When Jeff talks people listen, and some even remember
:iagreejeff:

Josh
06-02-2011, 20:40
When Jeff talks people listen, and some even remember
:iagreejeff:

And, I must say, it's nice hear him talking more.

kickert
06-02-2011, 20:55
here... here...

jeff
06-03-2011, 05:47
Awe geez...:blush:

Gillman
06-03-2011, 06:26
My view is similar to Jack's further below.

I'll bet though there are some fine barrels of the brand, and I'd like to see a barrel proof or at least 100 proof version (SB or limited edition batch) of 1849. Like 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, at its best it would be very good I am sure.

Gary

ShewDawg
06-28-2011, 17:25
I agree with everything that folks said on this board about 1849 being brutal based on past tastings 2 years back. I vowed never to buy this again unless folks reported about the product being vastly improved.

Unfortunately, this product just made an appearance in NJ and I have the sickness where I have this need to buy it and taste it again. Does anyone know if this has gone through a cleansing process or are they just dumping this garbage in NJ b/c we are none for our wonderful dumps?