THE COL­LECTIBLE BOUR­BON

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Christie’s, the world’s lead­ing auc­tion house, re­ports that bour­bon is now an im­por­tant col­lectible, right along with all those swanky rare wines and spir­its fa­vored by con­nois­seurs and rich folk.

“There was a time not so long ago when it was only the finest sin­gle malt Scotch whiskies that at­tracted in­ter­est from col­lec­tors at the high­est level, but those days are now be­hind us — Amer­i­can whiskey is now a great focus for col­lec­tors across the world,” says Christie’s spe­cial­ist Noah May, who adds that one bar­rel of Blade and Bow bour­bon dis­tilled in 1991 went for $95,550 at an auc­tion in Man­hat­tan.

“Pre-Pro­hi­bi­tion bour­bon is ar­guably the area of the mar­ket that car­ries the high­est level of in­ter­est for col­lec­tors. The im­por­tance of these pre-1920 bot­tles lies in the in­sight they offer into a unique time in Amer­i­can his­tory and cul­ture,” says Mr. May, who notes that a gal­lon of Blue Rib­bon Ken­tucky Whiskey Old Style Bour­bon,

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