Harry E Wilken 1917 AMS Co Special Old Reserve Bourbon / Prohibition Era Bottling
Distilled in 1917, this bourbon was protected in bond by the American Medicinal Spirits Company from the Prohibition Act of 1920, which made alcohol production and consumption illegal.
This was bottled in 1932, a year before the Prohibition was repealed. The whiskey was produced by Harry E. Wilken, distillery no. 368 in the 5th district of Kentucky.
The American Medicinal Spirits Company was one of only around 30 distilling companies to survive Prohibition of the 434 that existed prior. Exploiting the medicinal loophole was the brainchild of Otto Wathen, an idea which continues to prove its value today in the persisting image of his still ever-popular portfolio, which included the bourbon classic, Old Grand-dad. The AMS Co would eventually be acquired by National Distillers, who became one of the "big four" post-Prohibition spirits companies in the US, along with Schenley, Hiram Walker and Seagram's. The Harry E. Wilken distillery did not survive.
This 1 pint bottle was filled by the American Medicinal Spirits Company at distillery bonded warehouse no. 19, also in the 5th district of Kentucky, permit no. Ky P-19.