Well, my friends, after countless stops at out-of-the-way liquor stores in parts unknown in search of that elusive bottle of rare bourbon, I just scored big in, of all places, a shop catering to winos in Altadena, California. Yeah, crack me up.
I found three bourbons there that are no longer made: Hill and Hill, as well as Sunny Brook, both straight bourbons formerly bottled by Jim Beam, (the Sunny Brook trademark survives as a blended whiskey only), but, on a greasy back shelf was a bottle of <font color="red">Cream of Kentucky</font>.
I'll fire up the digital camera soon, but sitting here on the table right now is a quart of CREAM OF KENTUCKY straight bourbon whiskey. I kid you not. I'm still researching this find, but according to Buffalo Trace, this was one of Col. Blanton's original premium brands. BT web page
It may not have been bottled since the 1980s. web page
I've really got to get the digicam going, 'cuz this a real wonder. The front and back labels are heart-shaped and the bottle is molded with a heart shape in which the front label sits, too. I know my description doesn't do it justice.
This, my friends, is the whiskey that Walker Percy sipped from his flask in the stands during the NC-Duke game while sitting next to the co-ed of his dreams and which is memorialized in his infamous BOURBON story.
And this is the bourbon for which Norman Rockwell drew numerous ads.
I'd love to hear from any of you who can help me identify the origin of this bottle of Cream of Kentucky. It bears a revenue stamp numbered 742214010 and is labeled as follows:
"Cream of Kentucky Distilling Co., Lawrenceburg, IN, Frankfort, KY, & Fresno, CA."
I'd be interested in any information concerning this bottle of 80 proof "DOUBLE RICH FROM THE HEART OF BLUE GRASS" BOURBON. To that end, I'll post digicam pics as soon as I can.