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  1. #1
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    So I found these 12 old mini's

    Well, I didn't actually find them, I bought the lot off of eBay this past summer. Then I promptly set them up on a shelf and really have not paid any attention to them at all. I thought I might start tasting these to see if they are any different than current products.

    I have no idea how old some of these are, they have tax stamps and most have a MD state stamp as well. As I look at these, I can tell I need to find a magnifying glass to be able to see some of the detail.

    OF BIB - Federal Tax Stamp and a MD Stamp
    WLWSR - Federal Tax Stamp and is from Louisville
    Old Stagg - Federal Tax Stamp - 86 proof - 4 yr old
    Colonel Lee BIB - Federal Tax Stamp and a MD Stamp - 1951 on stamp
    Hiram Walkers Ten High - Peoria - 80 proof - Federal Tax Stamp
    WT101 - 8 Years old statement - 1975 on bottom of bottle
    Old Crow 100 proof - spring 1959 on tax stamp
    Old Charter Proprietors Reserve - 13 years old - 90 proof
    Ezra Brooks - 7 years old - 90 proof
    Ancient Age - 86 proof - tax stamp
    Glenmore - Silver Label - 6 years old - 86 proof - tax stamps
    IW Harper - 86 proof - tax stamps

    Thats all I can gather until I find that magnifying glass. Now... just to figure out which one I want to try first.

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    Re: So I found these 12 old mini's

    Great catch! I doubt you can wrong on any of them.

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    Re: So I found these 12 old mini's

    All of these minis with tax stamps were made prior to 1979. The OCPR 13 was bottled in the 90's if it has Louisville on the label. The WLWSR is from Stitzel Weller. The I.W. Harper and OCPR 13 are more than likely from the United Distillers days. The old Forrester BIB was probably made at the now closed Forrester plant if the DSP number on the label is 414. The Old Crow is from the original plant that Jim Beam took over and closed in 1987. Look for a two digit number on the bottom of any of these that aren't dated on the tax stamp and this will be the year the bottle was made and more likely filled. Somewhere online there is a collectors sight where you can actually date the bottles by the design of the tax stamp. If I find the sight, I'll let you know!

    Thomas

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    Re: So I found these 12 old mini's

    Post a pic, man. Those are some interesting bottles. I say they will all blow your mind. I am guessing that the Glenmore and Ezra...if from Owensboro will be your favorits. Of course, the SW and Crow will also be real tasty. You made a great purchase with this line-up. Congrats.

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    Re: So I found these 12 old mini's

    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasH View Post
    All of these minis with tax stamps were made prior to 1979. The OCPR 13 was bottled in the 90's if it has Louisville on the label. The WLWSR is from Stitzel Weller. The I.W. Harper and OCPR 13 are more than likely from the United Distillers days. The old Forrester BIB was probably made at the now closed Forrester plant if the DSP number on the label is 414. The Old Crow is from the original plant that Jim Beam took over and closed in 1987. Look for a two digit number on the bottom of any of these that aren't dated on the tax stamp and this will be the year the bottle was made and more likely filled. Somewhere online there is a collectors sight where you can actually date the bottles by the design of the tax stamp. If I find the sight, I'll let you know!

    Thomas

    Thank you Thomas, this information is a great help! Thanx for taking the time.

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    Re: So I found these 12 old mini's

    Quote Originally Posted by mozilla View Post
    Post a pic, man. Those are some interesting bottles. I say they will all blow your mind. I am guessing that the Glenmore and Ezra...if from Owensboro will be your favorits. Of course, the SW and Crow will also be real tasty. You made a great purchase with this line-up. Congrats.
    Thanx. I'll see if I can dust off my camera and snap a few pics. They are interesting to look at.

 

 

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