Photo libraries, in ascending order by bottling year

Benchmark 86pf Louisville, 200ml, 1978

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1965-1978

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Heaven Hill 8yr Bonded, 1978

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Old Fitzgerald 10yr 101pf Decanter, 1978 – Export

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Benchmark 86pf, Quart, 1978

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Old Rip Van Winkle 11yr 94.4pf, 1978

This bottle was distilled in 1967, before the sale of Stitzel Weller by the Van Winkle Family, and bottled in 1978 by Julian Van Winkle II.

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Old Forester 4yr, 86pf, DSP-414, 1978

Photos courtesy of Chris Dion

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Old Fitzgerald 10yr 101pf Decanter, 750ml ~1978

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Kentucky Bonded Bourbon, 4/5qt, 1959-1978

This was distilled by Willett, and although it’s marked as 16 year it was actually aged 19 years.

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Old Grand Dad Bonded, 750ml, 1971-1978

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Old Rip Van Winkle 11yr 94.4pf, 4/5qt, 1978

Note that the bottle was manufactured in 1974 but not filled until 1978. This was common with older-generation Van Winkle bottles. Presumably they would place a large minimum order for bottles and it would take several years to sell through them.

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