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Hoffman Rare Selection Kentucky Straight Bourbon 1988

Lot: 5039122

Hoffman Rare Selection Kentucky Straight Bourbon 1988

Winning Bid: £1,350
(Reserve not met) This lot currently has: 34 bids

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Kentucky, USA
Official / Old Commonwealth
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Hoffman Rare Selection Kentucky Straight Bourbon 1988

A very interesting bourbon bottled exclusively for the Japanese export market in 1988

The Hoffman distillery was purchased by Julian Van Winkle III after the death of his father had terminated the agreement with Stitzel-Weller distillery that allowed them to bottle Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon there. Julian III bought the distillery in 1983, and it is unclear whether this bottle contains warehoused stock that may have been part of the deal. No-age statement bourbon tends to be around 5-8 years old, and the Japanese had a preference for it to be well-aged at the time, so it is unlikely therefore that this is Hoffman-distilled whiskey. Van Winkle reserved most of his Stitzel-Weller stock for the Old Rip Van Winkle brands, preferring to source whiskey (mostly from the old Heaven Hill) for his other brands. This is likely the case for this.

Van Winkle's agent in Japan at the time was Marci Palatella, who he also bottled Very Olde St Nick for. The dripping black wax on this example is a trademark of his bottling style at the time.

This was bottled in 1988 at 86 US proof at the distillery, which Van Winkle had renamed Old Commonwealth.

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