Photo libraries, in ascending order by bottling year

J.A. Dougherty’s Sons PA Rye, Medicinal Pint, Bonded

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Large Monongahela Pure Rye Whiskey, Bonded Pint, 1916-1920

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Middleton Golden Rye, Bonded, pint, 1917-1927

Distilled at the Van Hook Distillery, Harrison County, KY

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Dougherty’s Private Stock Rye, Medicinal Pint, Bonded 1917-1930

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Old Overholt PA Rye, quart, 1934-1940

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B.P.R. Maryland Rye, Bottled in Bond, quart, 1937-1941

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Wild Turkey Straight Maryland Rye 8yr 101pf, 1952

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Mount Vernon Rye, 1/2 pint, 1958

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Old Overholt Pennsylvania Bonded 8yr Rye, 4/5 qt, 1951-1960

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Old Overholt “1810” Rye, 93pf, 1974

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Old Overholt Rye, 500ml, 1979

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Wild Turkey Green Label Rye, 101 proof, 1986


Note this version just says “101 Proof” across the bottom, unlike later versions that also listed 50.5%

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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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Old Rip Van Winkle Old Time Rye 12yr, 1997

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Hirsch Selection 13yr Rye, Lot 97-1, ~1997


This was a rye bottled by Julian Van Winkle for Preiss, and was taken from the same stocks as the Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye. This first lot would have been the same as a non-lettered Van Winkle Rye.

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Old Rip Van Winkle Lottas Home Rye, 13yr, 95.6pf, 1998

A special bottling one for a German importer whose daughter was named Lotta. Photos courtesy of Eric Rueli.

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Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye ‘1985’, 100pf

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Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13yr, No Letter, 95.6pf ~1998

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Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye “A” Lawrenceburg, 1999


The Van Winkle Rye reportedly started as a single-source whiskey, rumored to be Medley distillate. The remaining whiskey stayed in the barrel year after year until it reached 19 years old, at which point it was tanked in stainless steel and mingled with Bernheim (Cream of Kentucky) rye. This bottle would have been 15-year old pre-tank rye with all Medley distillate. For more info see the Van Winkle timeline.

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Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye “B” Lawrenceburg, 2000

The Van Winkle Rye reportedly started as a single-source whiskey, rumored to be Medley distillate. The remaining whiskey stayed in the barrel year after year until it reached 19 years old, at which point it was tanked in stainless steel and mingled with Bernheim (Cream of Kentucky) rye. This bottle would have been 16-year old pre-tank rye with all Medley distillate. For more info see the Van Winkle timeline.

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Hirsch Selection 13yr Rye, Lot 00-1, ~2000


This was a rye bottled by Julian Van Winkle for Preiss, and was taken from the same stocks as the Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye. This later lot would have been the same as a “C”-lettered Van Winkle Rye.

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Black Maple Hill 18yr Rye, 95pf

Barrels R66, R70 pictured here.

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Black Maple Hill 23yr Rye, Barrel 1, 95pf

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Willett 22yr Rye, Doug Phillips “Green Ink” 2006

Selected personally by Doug Phillips and friends, this is the first Willett single barrel rye to be released, and many say the best. The whiskey inside is rumored to have been distilled at Bernheim.

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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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Thomas H. Handy, 2006

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Bitter Truth 24yr rye, 2007

German bitters maker Bitter Truth was one of the early recipients of some of the barrel proof Bernheim rye bottled by Willett, along with Doug’s and LeNells.

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Rathskeller 24yr Rye, 2007

In 2007 the historic Seelbach hotel in downtown Louisville acquired a single barrel bourbon and rye for their hotel bar. A few bottles were sold through local stores too.

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Sazerac 18 Rye, 2007

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Willett Rye, 23yr, Barrel 11, 137.1pf, ‘The Iron Fist’ 2007

The Iron Fist and its sister barrel, The Velvet Glove, were some of the earliest rye picks done by Willett, preceded only by the first Doug’s and Red Hook barrels.

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Willett Rye, 23yr, Barrel 11, 137pf, ‘The Velvet Glove’ 2007

The Iron Fist and its sister barrel, The Velvet Glove, were some of the earliest rye picks done by Willett, preceded only by the first Doug’s and Red Hook barrels.

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Sazerac Rye 90pf, Binny’s Single Barrel, 2007

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Willett 24yr Rye 110pf, Bonilli Japan, 2008

Japanese importer Bonilli brought in two barrels of Willett’s 24 year old Bernheim rye. This one was bottled at 110 proof, and the other was bottled at 94 proof. Both are considered to be exceptional ryes, surpassed only by their barrel proof Willett brothers.

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LeNell’s Red Hook Rye, Barrel 4, 2008

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 final barrel, #4.

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Willett 25yr Rye, 94 Proof, 2008

Distilled 5/10/1983, “imported by 158023.” Originally bottled from Liquor World in Bardstown.

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Willett 24yr Rye, Glen Fahrn Barrel 14, 138.8pf, 2008

Distilled 4/10/1984, Selected for Glen Fahrn GmbH by Doug Phillips, and came with two different wax colors. Bottles 1-60 were black and the whiskey was unfiltered; bottles 61-218 were white and the whiskey was filtered.

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Thomas H. Handy, 2009

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High West 12yr Rye, 375ml, 2010

Photos courtesy of Eric Rueli.

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Vintage 21 Rye, 2011

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Abraham Bowman TPS Barrel Proof Rye, 114.6pf, 2011

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Sazerac 18 Rye, 2012

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Sazerac 18 Rye, 2013

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