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Old Vandegrift 1917 Pure Whisky 1 Pint / Pre-Prohibition

Lot: 121399

Old Vandegrift 1917 Pure Whisky 1 Pint / Pre-Prohibition

Winning Bid: £975
(Reserve has been met) This lot currently has: 5 bids

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Indiana, USA
Pennsylvania Distillery Inc.
Cask Type: 
Virgin American Oak
Bottled Strength: 
Bottle Size: 
1 Pint
Distillery Status: 
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Old Vandegrift 1917 Pure Whisky 1 Pint / Pre-Prohibition​

This was distilled in the Fall of 1917 at Hammond Distillery in Indiana, and was presumably some of their last whiskey given they were forced to close down when Prohibition was enacted in April that year.

Hammond Distillery has an infamous subsequent history of association with illicit bootlegging and smuggling, attributed to none other than Al Capone. In more recent history it was also the distillery which produced the original Ezra Brooks bourbons, which landed their parent company in court over "copycat" claims from Jack Dainel's.

The whiskey used for this was likely saved from the hands of prohibition gangland by the Pennsylvania Distillery Inc, who bonded it in New York and bottled it in 1934 under a special medicinal license, despite the fact prohibition had already been repealed a year earlier.

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