This is a bottle that was likely originally packaged as a medicinal pint, but later was rebottled in regular bourbon garb. The giveaway is the do not refill warning on the glass, which didn’t begin until after prohibition.
The Van Winkle Family Reserve 16 & 17 year were reportedly bottled using whiskey from the Boone distillery, which was also used for the first bottles of Pappy 20.
First two photos courtesy of ‘The Old Barrelhouse’ Australia.
This was the second release of the Pappy 23. The first was from Lawrenceburg and had the green-tinted glass, also with no letter before the bottle number. The third release had gold wax and an A before the number.
In 2005 there were three different Stagg releases:
-Spring Kentucky-only (Lot A)
-Spring nationwide (Lot B)
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.
The Loch & Key single barrel was supposedly bottled using Ancient Age (aka Buffalo Trace) distillate.