It’s time to open grandma’s liquor cabinet and dust off those old bottles. Vintage bourbon is no longer a thing of the past.
With new 2018 legislation in place allowing retailers to purchase and sell vintage bourbon, Cork ‘N Bottle in Crescent Springs is ready to purchase any unopened vintage bourbon bottles. Bottles must be sealed with a tax strip on top so production dates can be confirmed. The store is also offering free estimates with no obligation, so there’s no reason you can’t partake! The experience will be fun, no matter if you’re selling or buying.
A Sip of History
From the late 1970s to early 1990s, people began drinking more clear liquor and rum, leaving bourbon manufacturers at a halt. They were producing more bourbon bottles than they were selling, and distilleries needed a way to keep their customers. Brands like Jim Beam began creating porcelain figurines to draw people in.
The production process was much slower at that time than it is now. Bourbon and rye were distilled to a lower proof, resulting in more flavors with less aging time. Barrels were also made of old oak, rather than the younger trees used now. The ingredients themselves were more organic, making true bourbon taste hard to come by today.
Cork ‘N Bottle’s Take
Although Cork ‘N Bottle appreciates all bourbon, some are favored more than others. James E Pepper, Old Taylor and Early Times are a few of the store’s vintage favorites. These bourbons have unmatched flavors of molasses, caramel and butterscotch with hints of pepper.
As a longtime area destination for specialty and single barrel release bourbons, Cork ‘N Bottle has begun an Antique Bourbon program to offer a unique experience for all bourbon lovers and collectors. Soon customers will be able to taste vintage bourbon and purchase bottles on site harkening back to the old “speakeasy” of yesteryear. The vintage bourbon tasting sessions will be offered by appointment only.
Whether you have your own bottles stored away for selling, or you want to taste vintage bourbon for the first time, Cork ‘N Bottle has a flavor-filled opportunity waiting for you.