Distress sale? Certainly not, I did not say nor imply any such thing, that was you taking a passing comment out of context. Since we both agree volume was low let's leave it at that.
My point is given the increased demand after Brown-Forman took over it's unlikely that any Daniel stocks were allowed to age 18 years when they could be bottled and sold much earlier.
However, whisky made in the short period between 1938 and 1942, if any were left over, would have been 18 years of age or close to it by the time of the BF purchase in 1956.