THE COLLECTIBLE BOURBON
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,