The world’s oldest bottle of bourbon has just fetched an astounding amount and we will be sharing all the facts with you to let you decide.
To start with, whiskeys older than 50 years usually sell for a ridiculous price. One quick look at a few auction websites and you will see an average price of $50,000+ for such whiskeys.
So, what makes one pay more for older whiskeys? Most people think that an older whiskey has better flavors. But, that is half the truth. While the taste of a whiskey does improve with age, that is only the case for ones still maturing inside barrels. Once a whiskey is bottled, the magic stops, and the liquor is forever sealed with the flavors it had at the time.
Another factor that contributes to the price is the rarity and the history surrounding it. For example, this bottle of 37-year old Karuizawa whiskey will cost you £35,000 because the distillery producing it closed its shop in 2011.
So, what made the oldest bottle of Bourbon special?
Old Ingledew Whiskey – The world’s oldest bottle of bourbon has many things going for it.
First is the rarity. Skinner Auctioneers, who auctioned this whiskey sent a sample of it to the University of Glasgow. The university then carbon-dated this whiskey in their lab. They found that there was an 81.1% probability that the whiskey was produced between 1763-1803. This date range places this whiskey smack dab in the era of the Revolutionary War and the Whiskey Rebellion.
Another interesting fact about this whiskey is that it was probably bottled by a general store and not a distillery.
The second factor is the ownership history. This bottle has been owned by many renowned figures over the years. The list includes the legendary banker J.P Morgan, James Byrnes (ex-US supreme court justice), and the governor of South Carolina.
That’s not all though! Probably the most important factor is the fact that this bottle used to belong to a collection of three bottles. Two of which were presented to the likes of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.
$137,000! After all, as the only remaining bottle in that collection, it is no wonder that someone was willing to pay that amount in the auction.
So, given the context, would you pay an amount like this for such a bottle of whiskey? Let us know in the comments below!
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