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Old  Fitzgerald Tree of Life (matching pair) c1958 Stitzel-Weller

Old Fitzgerald Tree of Life (matching pair) c1958 Stitzel-Weller

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A remarkable find, this antique 'Old Fitzgerald' was distilled and bottled at the legendary Stitzel Weller distillery (noted on the back label). Stitzel-Weller was located in Shively, a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky. It was founded in 1935 and closed in 1972. These were produced between 1958-1964.  Both it and Pappy Van Winkle are household Bourbon names because Pappy's grandson, Julian Van Winkle III, created 'Pappy Van Winkle' in the 1990s using mostly Stitzel-Weller whiskey. This legendary liquid is now largely unobtainable (at any reasonable price). Pappy, the brand, went on to become a phenomena, winning awards and later dubbed the 'Bourbon Billionaires Can't Buy.'

 Collector's should note an added touch to the 'Tree of Life' decanter, which was labeled for export: It has the glass stopper doubling as a pourer with a hollow neck! However the unusual cork ring around it looks like it may deteriorate on opening.