I had a few minutes to kill this afternoon and was passing by a liquor store in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville that I had not been to, so I stopped in to see if they had any goodies that I needed to have.
This was one of those places where EVERYTHING is behind bullet proof glass so its a bit difficult to check out bourbon bottles from afar. However I did spot a lowly bottle of Old Charter 80 proof eight year old sitting on the bottom shelf. I'm usually not a fan of 80 proof stuff however I have had several Old Charter bourbons that I really enjoyed so I thought I would give it a go anyway.
I didn't recognize the label as being the current label. This one had the age statement printed across the label diagonally. It was not a separate label like the current versions as I recalled. Upon closer examination it shows as being distilled in Louisville instead of Frankfort.
I spent some time searching old threads trying to determine when Old Charter changed labels and as far as I can tell it looks like the label change occurred in 2005. The label on this bottle does have the bar code and warning label so obviously its not very old.
I couldn't find much that I could understand about the Louisville distillery and when it changed to Frankfort. Can any of you Old Charter guru's shed any light on this for me?
I have not tried it yet since I'm still at work and they frown upon me drinking bourbon at my desk! I'll give it a try after I get home in a while.
It looks like this although this is not the actual bottle I bought today.