Monthly Archives: March 2015

Weller Special Reserve Bonded, 1936-1943

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded 86pf Export, 1960

Although bottles sold in the US that were labeled as bonded had to be 100 proof, that wasn’t the case for bottles sold in other countries.

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Old Fitzgerald 1849, 90.4pf, 1970-71

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Ancient Age 86pf, late 60s-70s

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Old Taylor 4yr 86pf, 1973

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Old Overholt “1810” Rye, 93pf, 1974

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J.W. Dant “Charcoal Perfected” 10yr, 1977

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Old Fitzgerald 10yr 101pf Decanter, 1978 – Export

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Wild Turkey Wedgewood Decanter, 8yr 101pf, 1980s

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J.W. Dant Bonded, 1977-1982

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Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr 107pf Lawrenceburg, ~1983+

Although the bottle date says 1980, Van Winkle was bottled at Stitzel Weller in Louisville until 1983 when Julian bought the old Hoffman distillery and started bottling in Lawrenceburg.

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Old Fitzgerald 1849, 90pf, 1987

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Van Winkle Special Reserve 12yr Lot A, 1991

Lot A was a one-time release, which was followed by the Lot B, which has been produced since.

 

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A.H. Hirsch 18yr, 93pf, 1992

AH Hirsch 18 yr is the rarest of all of the AH Hirsch releases.  There were only 37 cases (444) bottles released.  Speculation was that it was the remaining inventory of the bourbon that was tanked and released as a 17 year old (Some say it didn’t actually meet the requirements for an 18 year label).  It is the only Hirsch offering that wasn’t either 91.6 or 95.6 proof (it was 93 proof).  It is possible that was because that particular dilution made for an even number of cases.  The bottle pictured here represents one of only 24 bottles that were sold domestically.  Gordon Hue, who owned all of the Hirsch stock, released the rest of them overseas.

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Old Rip Van Winkle 12yr 105pf, Export, ~1998

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