Old Fitzgerald Bourbon Whiskey., Produced at the Heaven Hill distillery, Old Fitzgerald’s pays homage to the old style of wheated bourbon. It is said to celebrate the mash bill created by John Fitzgerald. A historic brand which dates back over 120 years, Old Fitzgerald “Prime” Bourbon enjoys a nationally recognized reputation. Made with a “whisper of wheat” instead of the more traditional rye grain, Old Fitzgerald offers a unique and well-loved taste profile. It is mellow and sophisticated with fruity sweet and crisp overtones. The finish is soft, long and soothing.
After the Stitzel-Weller merger, wheat was introduced to Old Fitzgerald’s original recipe. The change, affectionately known as the “whisper of wheat,” meant that the bourbon mash bill now included a distinct percentage of wheat along with corn and malted barley.
This set Old Fitzgerald apart from other bourbons that commonly used rye as a secondary grain, making it a true wheated bourbon.
Production of Old Fitzgerald continued at the newly formed Stitzel-Weller Distillery that was formed when the Stitzel Distillery merged with Weller, a Kentucky-based whiskey marketing and distribution firm. It’s here where Julian P. Van Winkle (a.k.a. “Pappy”), originator of adding wheat to bourbon and founder of Pappy Van Winkle, adjusted the recipe, positioning Old Fitzgerald as a premium bourbon with a rounder and softer profile