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Rare Antique Bourbon

Unread postby Bourbon Joe » Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:59 am

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.
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Unread postby bourbonv » Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:34 am

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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Unread postby gillmang » Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:55 am

And we must not forget Benchmark, one of the few new Bourbon launches of the 1960's which was an excellent product then but (IMO) is not as good now..

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Unread postby drinkdrankdrunk » Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:33 pm

gillmang wrote:And we must not forget Benchmark, one of the few new Bourbon launches of the 1960's which was an excellent product then but (IMO) is not as good now..


Ahh, but there are some very tasty pre- McAfee's 80's and 90's bottles also. Look for the New Orleans bottles.
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Re: Rare Antique Bourbon

Unread postby Dump Bucket » Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:59 pm

Sure looks like ER 101....
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Re: Rare Antique Bourbon

Unread postby DeanSheen » Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:35 am

Who's your daddy?
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Re: Rare Antique Bourbon

Unread postby tmckenzie » Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:23 am

I am your daddy, send it to me, for disposal only.
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Re: Rare Antique Bourbon

Unread postby donp256 » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:35 pm

I found a bottle while cleaning up my mother in laws place. never opened. I of course opened it and it tasted prety good
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