Perhaps someone can tell me something about a bourbon I recently acquired. It is labeled "Rare Antique", is 10 y/o and 86 proof. It says "Distilled by Frankfort Distilling Co. Louisville". The bottle shape and cap are almost identical to an old Eagle Rare Old Prentice Lawrenceberg. The bottle date is 1969. Can you give me any history, such as who made it etc.
Rare Antique is a brand that goes back to before prohibition and was distilled and blended by Frankfort distilleries. During prohibition it became a straight whiskey sold for medicinal purposes. It remained a straight after prohibition in the Frankfort Distilleries portfolio. Seagram's acquired Frankfort Distilleries in the 1940's and all of their brands. The brand faded into obscurity when that happened. If it was bottled at all, it was in very small amounts and maybe even as a blend. In the 1960's Seagram's tried to enter the straight bourbon market and re-released the Rare Antique and created a brand called Eagle Rare as their products. It should be a decent product. Why don't you open it and let us know? Or if you would prefer you could send it to me and I will let the team of experts at the Bourbon's Bistro crack it open and send you an opinion.
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