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Pre-prohibition Whiskey Repeal Era Whiskey Whiskey History

Old Fitzgerald Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Old Fitzgerald
Old Fitzgerald Collection – Click for full size.

Today’s post is a salute to distiller Stitzel-Weller and the brand Old Fitzgerald. These bottles, all unopened, range from the prohibition era up to the mid sixties or maybe a little later. I’m more in the mood of posting photographs rather than storytelling at the moment, so for an exhaustive and fun historical read, please visit The Coopered Tot’s Old Fitzgerald post. I find myself continually visiting this article for the detailed dates and tasting notes. Cheers!

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Pre-prohibition Whiskey

Golden Wedding – Barreled in 1898

A fellow whiskey enthusiast and a reader of this blog (aka a “WhiskeyBender”) sent the following amazing specimen of a pre-prohibition bottle of Golden Wedding Whiskey. For those of you who remember my Dad’s Golden Wedding post, this is quite the polar opposite of those examples. Distilled by Jos. S. Finch & Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, this beauty has held up well over the years and looks like it would be Mmmm mmm good. You don’t see old stuff out of Pennsylvania that isn’t Rye very often. This bottle comes to us from Slovenia. How it got there, I have no idea. The owner plans to open it upon the receipt of “first great news.” I would say getting up in the morning would work for me! Send samples, please.

golden-wedding-1898

Here is the reverse. Cheers!

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Pre-prohibition Whiskey

Thompson Select Straight Kentucky Whiskey

Thompson Select Straight Kentucky Whiskey.

So, I was slumming around on Craig’s List the other day looking for a swing set, yeah a swing set, and I found this delicious looking bottle of Thompson Select Straight Kentucky Whiskey. In about 5 years this hooch will be at least 100 years old. Heck, they knew prohibition was coming and sent flyers out to market basically saying, “get it while it’s legal.”  I called the seller and he thinks he has something very special, which he does. However, based on his asking price, it ain’t THAT special. This must have been “new old stock” at the time because the distillery closed in 1918 but was shipped to a pharmacy in 1930, according to the date and information on the shipping crate. Fortunately, I nabbed the photos before the listing was pulled. Hey, if you’re lucky, these gems might still be for sale. Just put your best Pawn Stars poker face on when you call.

In the meantime, check out this fantastic history on Thompson Select Straight Kentucky Whiskey from our friends at www.pre-pro.com.

Thompson Select Straight Kentucky Whiskey.

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Thompson Select Straight Kentucky Whiskey.

Image copyright © 2002-2013 www.pre-pro.com.  All rights reserved. Image used with permission.

Thompson Select Straight Kentucky Whiskey.

Image copyright © 2002-2013 www.pre-pro.com.  All rights reserved. Image used with permission.