I was at a friend's house at the weekend and we opened and emptied an old bottle, 24oz, of Boone's Knoll "hand made sour mash whiskey, bottled from the package for C. A. Van Rensellaer, New York.
I think the Van Rensellaer was an ancestor of my friend rather than a company. It is one of the old family names of NY state.
The bottle looked pre-war, but which war? The cellar had American Medicinal Spirits from pre-prohibition - the family laid up a stock to see them through the drought.
The bottle certainly vindicated my thesis that spirits do continue to mature in the bottle. This was pure nectar, smooth and mature comparable with a fine cognac, and its body was superb... more legs than a centipede on the side of snifter. The cork was not waxed or foiled so it could breathe to some extent. In fact we had to carve up the cork and filter it out. But the nose of this stuff was enough to bring people from the next room.
Any suggestions as to age would be gratefully received.