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05-14-2012, 09:02 PM
My Grandfather has an unopened bottle of Wildcatter Kentucky bourbon whiskey from the 60's. I was wondering if it had any value or should we just open it and drink. Thanks
05-15-2012, 04:10 PM
A Bourbon forum I belong to offers the following information:
"...[Wildcatter] may have been a specialty item for limited
Bottled by Wildcatter Distilling Co., Bardstown, Kentucky
Aged 8 years, label says, "Old Style Sour Mash", "Kentucky
Straight Bourbon Whiskey", "86 Proof"
Duke archive (http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingdb/road/?facet=Company=Wildcatter) lists a 1968 billboard - "Discover True Kentucky
Bourbon" (no image)
Wildcatter get a brief mention in the short video on this page (http://www.ehow.com/video_4757138_wildcatter-bourbon-whiskey.html).
Google news ad (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=19680802&id=FnwsAAAAIBAJ&sjid=08wEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1087,285589) for Wildcatter.
Bio of Glenn Herbert McCarthy (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmcaw) who "...was a notorious
drinker who introduced his own label, "Wildcatter" bourbon."
so it probably was a "specialty label" and wasn't distributed
widely. An ebay check shows a number of orange/tan
Wildcatter decanters have gone unsold. Empty ones have
limited collector value. Full ones are a crap shoot as to how
the contents might taste.
If you have a glass bottle, it may have some value to a Bourbon
enthusiast but note that it is illegal to sell alcohol without a license
(despite the "collectible container".) If you are a Bourbon drinker
(or know one) opening it and sharing might be your best bet.
Hope this helps.
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