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Old Fitzgerald Bottled 1970s at Stitzel-Weller

Old Fitzgerald Bottled 1970s at Stitzel-Weller


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•    From the now close Stitzel-Weller distillery
•    Historical brand, historical distillery
•    Collector’s item
•    ABV 43%, 189.3cl






Old Fitzgerald is a brand name currently owned and produced by Heaven Hill. It has a long and famous history, however.

It started as a bourbon whisky in 1870 produced by John E Fitzgerald. He made it for the railways and steamships of the day.

During prohibition it continued to made, on behalf of the government in the US, for medicinal purposed. Once prohibition was abolished the distillery was bought by the legendary Stitzel-Weller.

This ownership continues to 1972 when the distillery was sold to a company called Norton-Simon Inc. Old Fitzgerald was the most popular bourbon whisky in the stable, so the new company renamed the distillery Old Fitzgerald.

It is around this time that this half gallon bottle of Old Fitzgerald bourbon whisky was bottled.

Today the Stitzel-Weller distillery is closed, but it is regarded by many as being a distillery that produced some of the best bourbon whisky to have ever gone on sale.

This Old Fitzgerald from the Stitzel-Weller era is in a half gallon bottle (with a handle on the back to make pouring easier). It was bottled at 86 proof.


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