Photo libraries, in ascending order by bottling year

Wild Turkey 12yr Gold Foil Label, 750ml, 1990

The 12 year is many people’s favorite in the Wild Turkey lineup. It started with the “Beyond Duplication” bottles in the early 1980s, which was replaced by the “cheesy gold foil” label bottle in the mid-80s, then the split-label in the mid-90s. The export market got the Beyond Duplication and gold foil labels longer than the US market. Finally, the export-only version persisted in a few markets. All are top quality pours.

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Benchmark 80pf NOLA, 750ml, 1990

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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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Old Rip Van Winkle 15yr 750ml Lawrenceburg, ~1990

This is a very early Old Rip 15, from one of the first years it existed. Notice the faux tax strip and lack of government warning.

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Van Winkle Family Reserve 16yr, 1990

 

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.

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Old Rip Van Winkle Non Age Stated 107pf Lawrenceburg, ~1990

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Wild Turkey 8yr 101pf, 750ml, 1990 – Japan Reimport

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Wild Turkey 8yr 101pf, 750ml, 1990

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Colonel Randolph 16yr 116pf, 1990

Colonel Randolph was a bottling done for overseas markets by Julian Van Winkle III. Roughly 130 cases were bottled. It’s the highest proof bottling done with the famous PA-distilled batch of A.H. Hirsch bourbon.
Photos courtesy of Brian Daigle.

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