Heaven Hill acquired the Old Fitzgerald line of wheated Bourbons—the flagship brand that legendary whiskey man Pappy Van Winkle produced at his original Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Shively, KY—in 1999, seven years after these barrels were filled and put up in the Stitzel-Weller rickhouses. After Heaven Hill acquired the Old Fitz line, these barrels were transferred to Warehouse Y at Heaven Hill’s Bardstown campus where they aged on the first floor, allowing long, slow and balanced maturation.
The legend goes that Treasury Agent John E. Fitzgerald was allowed free access to the bonded bourbon warehouses, and helped himself from only barrels containing the finest bourbon. The agent’s selections became known around the distillery as “Fitzgerald barrels” and were used to create a softly wheated bourbon known as “Old Fitzgerald.” The agent’s larcenous behavior was kept secret until the unveiling of the Larceny line, which revealed his story in full. John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve honors both the superb taste of this lawless gauger and the legacy of the Old Fitzgerald line of distillers, who have exceeded the agent’s already high standards.
Comprised of 12 barrels of wheated Bourbon produced at the
Stitzel-Weller Distillery, original home of Heaven Hill’s Old Fitzgerald and
direct ancestor to the celebrated Larceny brand, the ultra-rare, highly
allocated release will offer both an extraordinary sensory experience and a
glimpse at the DNA of Bourbon lore. These 12 barrels represent a golden age in Bourbon history, but also tie the past into our current Larceny and Old Fitzgerald brands. The Bourbon is the renowned wheated mashbill that Pappy Van Winkle developed for Old Fitz at Stitzel-Weller.
Ultra Rare John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve Bourbon 375ml
Price: $999.99 375ml
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A very limited edition release from Heaven Hill, consisting of just 3,000 375ml bottles.
The packaging for John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve is as stunning and special as the Bourbon inside. The bottle has an ornate satin finish metal closure with a cork, and a strip stamp on the neck and the face label both prominently feature the 20 Year old age statement. In addition, each bottle comes packed inside a handmade wooden box with die-cut keyholes and hinged doors that close with magnets.