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A Bourbon Thief: Sponsored Shot

One of the safest places on Earth is a secured, government-bonded liquor warehouse. Until the early 1980s, the Feds held the keys, ensuring that the whiskey aging inside wasn’t touched until it was ready to be sold.

At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.


But back in the late 1800s, an enterprising treasury agent named John E. Fitzgerald started, well, breaking the rules. Using his warehouse keys and his discerning palate, he sampled the whiskey under his protection, pilfered the best barrels, bottled their contents and sold the tasty bourbon under the Old Fitzgerald name.

Decades later, the famed Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr., bought the brand and moved production to his own Stitzel-Weller Distillery, where its new wheated recipe made it one of the most famous bourbons in the world prior to Prohibition.

The story of Fitzgerald’s thievery might have languished in obscurity if it wasn’t for Larceny Bourbon. A special small-batch whiskey, this delicious spirit showcases both Fitzgerald’s crime and his good taste. The wheated bourbon is bottled at 92-proof, making it ideal for cocktails.

Try Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon today. Cheers!

Think Wisely. Drink Wisely. John E. Fitzgerald Larceny®. Bardstown, KY 46% Alc./Vol. ©2013

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