Ok history buffs, I need a little help with gold veins and old fiddles.
Searching for old bourbon, I found a Very Old Fitzgerald, 8 yrs, bonded, bottled in 1960 at DSP-KY-16. The seal over the gold and green top has Stitzel Weller's name prominently displayed. No gold veins painted on glass surface.
Then there's a similar Old Fitzgerald piece (bottled 20 yrs later, 1980). Labels look almost identical, except the '80 label is oval shaped and the top is now red and gold. But this time it's Very, Very (word used twice) Old Fitzgerald and the whiskey is 12 instead of 8 yrs old. There's no mention of Stitzel Weller, but the DSP is the same. Painted gold veins now appear on bottle surface.
Comparing both bottles, I'll make some assumptions. Please correct me if wrong.
1) The surface gold veins came about in late 60s or early 70s.
2) Stitzel Weller and OF separated sometime between 1960 and 1980.
3) The practice of listing the DSP on label was discontinued during that 20 yr span.
Next, I got a bottle of Weller's Antique Reserve, Barrel Proof, 10 yrs old. The butterscotch color label clearly states it's distilled and bottled by Stitzel-Weller. This bottle is a 110 barrel proof. Not certain what year it is and there's no DSP designation. The bottle has gold veins painted on and I wonder if its circa '72 since there's a 72 among other numbers on the bottom.
I also found a neat little half pint bottle of Old Fiddle, a 5 yr old bottled by Bardstown Distillery. It is shaped like a fiddle. Any idea what year it was made?
Finally, I was given a bottle of Fairfax County Bourbon. It's bonded, from Virginia's Smith Bowman Distillery. The label depicts George Washington and Lord Fairfax fox hunting about 1747. The revenue stamp is hard to read but it appears to be made in fall of '63, bottled fall of '67. Anyone familiar with this mid 60s bottle?