Cliff,
Please don't misconstrue my meaning as belittling 1843. All I was saying is that in my market there weren't any Old Rip Van Winkles, Blantons, or Elijah Craigs such as I truly enjoy these days. For bourbon, we did have Beam and Wild Turkey but I never cared for White Label Beam even back then and Wild Turkey had a mystique of making people do funny things like dancing naked around the court square (did I really do that or were they making it up?) 1843 was to me at that time what a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 20 is to me today. That was the point I so clumsily tried to make. And just when I was getting that Nike taste out of my mouth too.