Monthly Archives: July 2014

Mount Vernon Rye, 1/2 pint, 1958

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I.W. Harper Bottled in Bond Decanter, 4/5qt, 1955-1960

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Henry McKenna 6yr 86pf, 4/5qt, 1963

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Old Fitzgerald Tournament Decanter, 4/5qt, 1957-1963

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6yr, 4/5qt, 1958-1964

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Wild Turkey 8yr, 4/5qt, New York, 1965

Wild Turkey 8 year, 101 proof was the staple of the line for decades. Unlike many brands, Wild Turkey kept the age statement and higher proof for a long time, which led to its perception of high quality. The ages started to drop in the 1990s, and the proofs have only recently started to go down.

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1959-1965

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Old Taylor 86pf decanter, 4/5qt, 1965

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Old Grand Dad Bottled in Bond Decanter, 4/5qt, 1966

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Antique Bourbon, pint, 1970

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 15yr, 1956-1971

This is one of the rare Very Very Old Fitzgeralds that’s older than 12 years. I’ve seen some 14, 15, and 18 year bottles, but they were usually bottles done for special clients. A few of them were even bottled at 121 proof, although this one is a 100 proof bonded version.

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Old Weller Original 107pf, 4/5qt, 1977

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1965-1978

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Old Overholt Rye, 500ml, 1979

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Old Taylor 101 Proof, 750ml, 1980 ?

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Wild Turkey 86.8pf, liter, mid 1980s

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Eagle Rare 10yr 90pf Lawrenceburg Export, 750ml, 1986

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Marshall Fields Bourbon, 750ml, 1987

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Elmer T. Lee 107pf, 750ml, 1990

This bottle was dubbed by the whiskey community as the “Butt Ugly Bottle” or BUB.

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Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B Lawrenceburg, 1991

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A.H. Hirsch 16yr Gold Wax Export

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Wild Turkey Rye Green Label Rye, 750ml, 1992

Wild Turkey Rye debuted in the mid-1970s. It had the green label until the 90s, when it switched to a label more consistent with its bourbon color scheme. It was discontinued in 2012, and brought back on a limited basis in 2014.

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Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend Single Barrel, 750ml, 1998

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George T. Stagg, 2002

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George T. Stagg, 2003

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George T. Stagg, 2004

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William Larue Weller, 2005

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George T. Stagg, 2005 Spring Lot B

In 2005 there were three different Stagg releases:

-Spring Kentucky-only (Lot A)

-Spring nationwide (Lot B)

-Fall nationwide

The two spring releases are rumored to be the same batch but were released at slightly different proofs due to the proof changing between bottling. Fall was a different batch altogether. Spring Lot A is the hardest version to find.

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George T. Stagg, 2005 Fall

In 2005 there were three different Stagg releases:

-Spring Kentucky-only (Lot A)

-Spring nationwide (Lot B)

-Fall nationwide

The two spring releases are rumored to be the same batch but were released at slightly different proofs due to the proof changing between bottling. Fall was a different batch altogether. Spring Lot A is the hardest version to find.

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Elmer T. Lee Gold Wax, 750ml, 2005 or earlier

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LeNell’s Red Hook Rye, Barrel 1, 2006

Brooklyn liquor store owner LeNell Smothers had four barrels of Bernheim rye bottled by Willett in the 2006-2008 years. This bottle is from the first barrel, #1.

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William Larue Weller, 2006

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Thomas H. Handy, 2006

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George T. Stagg, 2006

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Sazerac 18 Rye, 2007

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Parker’s Heritage Collection #1, Cask Strength – 2007

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Four Roses Mariage 2008

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Parker’s Heritage Collection #2, 27 yr – 2008

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William Larue Weller, 2009

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Thomas H. Handy, 2009

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George T. Stagg, 2009

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Parker’s Heritage Collection #3, Golden Anniversary – 2009

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Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch, 2010

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William Larue Weller, 2010

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George T. Stagg, 2010

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Parker’s Heritage Collection #4, Wheated – 2010

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Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch, 2011

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Vintage 21 Rye, 2011

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Parker’s Heritage Collection #5, Cognac Finished – 2011

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George T. Stagg, 2012

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Sazerac 18 Rye, 2012

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Parker’s Heritage Collection #6, Blend of Mashbills – 2012

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George T. Stagg, 2013

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Sazerac 18 Rye, 2013

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Parker’s Heritage Collection #7, Promise of Hope – 2013

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Jewish Whisky Company Whisky Jewbilee, 750ml, 2014

The Jewish Whisky company started putting out an annual limited-release bottle starting in 2013, with a 15 year barrel proof Heaven Hill bourbon. The 2014 version is a blended whiskey created with Dave Perkins of High West, consisting of 8 yr bourbon, 6 yr rye, and 12 yr light whiskey. I love the packaging on this bottle! I wish more companies would think outside the box and make a label that looks modern. This bottle also has a novel clear glass cap that uses a clear plastic insert to seal it. Very cool.

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