John Fiztgerald’s weakness was fine Bourbon and he faced temptation every day. As a treasury agent with the only set of keys to the rackhouses taking from the barrels was easy. But he didn’t just take from any barrels, he took from the best barrels. Some say he was a thief… Others claim he was a man of great taste. In any case is discerning palate was good enough for Pappy Van Winkle to name his distillery – the Old Fitzgerald Distillery – after the man. The name has become synonymous with great bourbon.