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    Old Fitz Prime 86

    Does anyone know when they stopped producing Old Fitz Prime 86 Proof?
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    Re: Old Fitz Prime 86

    Quote Originally Posted by brettckeen View Post
    Does anyone know when they stopped producing Old Fitz Prime 86 Proof?
    Still making it and you can still buy it in Kentucky. Dreadful stuff, at least the bottle I bought 2 years age at a Rite-Aid with acetone off flavors. I ended up dumping as we didn't even want to cook with it.
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    Re: Old Fitz Prime 86

    Thank you! I had never seen it and found some in Indiana.
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    Re: Old Fitz Prime 86

    I bought a handle while in Kentucky around 2007 and ending up dumping most of it, and using the rest to cook with. It's the worst current bourbon I've ever had.
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    Re: Old Fitz Prime 86

    Quote Originally Posted by T Comp View Post
    ........................... with acetone off flavors. .................
    mmmmmmm, and a finish of petroleum jelly. Thats the stuff........

    I actually dont mind the stuff. Its great when your already 3 sheets to the wind and dont want to stop.
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    Re: Old Fitz Prime 86

    It's particularly discouraging since the original Prime was probably the best regular-production bourbon I ever had. Larceny shows that HH can do a decent wheater although it is nowhere near the original Fitzgerald whiskeys IMO. I suspect the extra aging (6-9 years apparently) helps but surely it is more than that, HH never seemed to have its heart on the wheater side, and certainly it makes fine rye-recipe bourbon. Not sure why the variance, perhaps both types are distilled out and entered at the same proof whereas more nuance is needed to get the best out of the wheat-recipe, not sure..

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    Re: Old Fitz Prime 86

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    I suspect the extra aging (6-9 years apparently) helps but surely it is more than that, HH never seemed to have its heart on the wheater side, and certainly it makes fine rye-recipe bourbon. Not sure why the variance, perhaps both types are distilled out and entered at the same proof whereas more nuance is needed to get the best out of the wheat-recipe, not sure..

    Gary
    The Ten Year old Wheater from the Parkers series is great. Vintage 17 the Bernheim Wheater was fantastic. I think the HH Old Fitz just needs more time (VSOF V17) or need to be high rack locations (Larceny) which for the price point larceny is fantastic bourbon.
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    Re: Old Fitz Prime 86

    Quote Originally Posted by brettckeen View Post
    The Ten Year old Wheater from the Parkers series is great. Vintage 17 the Bernheim Wheater was fantastic. I think the HH Old Fitz just needs more time (VSOF V17) or need to be high rack locations (Larceny) which for the price point larceny is fantastic bourbon.
    Vintage 17 was made before HH bought Bernheim, and the Beams made a lot of changes to the distillery to get it to where they wanted it. Not sure why you'd lump it in with the current HH products.
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    Re: Old Fitz Prime 86

    Those are modern high points in the production of wheat-recipe bourbon, I agree. But none of them comes close to Prime in its prime, which was about 6 years old.

    Gary

 

 

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