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Bourbon de Luxe 1917 AMS Co Bottled in Bond Quart

Lot: 5026201

Bourbon de Luxe 1917 AMS Co Bottled in Bond Quart

Winning Bid: £2,200
(Reserve not met) This lot currently has: 12 bids

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Lot:
Distillery: 
East Penn
Age: 
N/A
Vintage: 
1917
Region: 
Pennsylvania, USA
Bottler: 
The AMS Co
Cask Type: 
N/A
Bottled Strength: 
100 US Proof
Bottle Size: 
1 quart
Distillery Status: 
Closed
product Details

Bourbon de Luxe 1917 AMS Co Bottled in Bond Quart 

Distilled in 1917, this straight bourbon whiskey was protected in bond by the American Medicinal Spirits Company from the Prohibition Act of 1920, which made alcohol production and consumption illegal.

The American Medicinal Spirits Company was one of only six distilling companies to survive Prohibition of the 434 that existed prior. Exploiting the medicinal loophole was the brainchild of Otto Wathen, then president of his father's R.E. Wathen distillery and it was an idea that 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 was eventually taken over by National Distillers who reorganised it in 1927, incorporating their Kentucky Distilleries & Warehouse Co, R.E. Wathen & Co, Hill & Hill, and E.H. Taylor & Sons. National Distillers then went on to become one of the "Big Four" post-Prohibition whiskey companies in the US, along with Schenley, Hiram Walker and Seagram.

This was bottled in 1934, a year after the Prohibition act was repealed. The whiskey was produced by East Penn Distillery, no. 10 in the 23rd district of Pennsylvania. 1934 was the same year in which National DIstillers acquired the Bourbon de Luxe brand, so this is likely one of the earliest examples.

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