Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond

Old Fitzgerald

For about a year, I’ve worked to develop relationships and connections with many of the reputable liquor stores in Wichita. Whenever work takes me outside the office, I will try to stop into at least one store to take a peek at what is on the shelves and chat with the store manager. When work takes me out of town, I generally try to do the same.

On a recent work trip to Arkansas City, I stopped by a local store before making my return trip. A bottle on the bottom shelf, sitting by itself and priced at $19.95, caught my eye.

There are many modern expressions of Old Fitzgerald – Old Fitzgerald Prime, Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond, Old Fitzgerald’s 1879, and Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12-year. I’ve never tried any of them, until now.

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10-Year Wheated Bourbon Showdown: Rebel Yell Single Barrel 10-year vs. Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year

Wheated Bourbon

First, just the facts.

The Rebel Yell brand name is owned by the Luxco company out of St. Louis, Missouri, but is currently produced under agreement with Heaven Hill at the Bernheim distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Old Rip Van Winkle brand name is owned by the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery company, but is currently produced under a joint venture agreement with Sazerac’s Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

While not obvious by either brand name, these two whiskeys share a common and storied history.

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Pappy Van Winkle 20-year (2011) and Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year: End of the Year Bottles 2016

Flight Club has selected a 2011 bottling of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon as the 2016 End of the Year Bottle (EOYB).

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year

A brief overview of the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon can be found here:  http://www.oldripvanwinkle.com/whiskey/family-reserve-20-year/.

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