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    Old Charter BIB 7-Year-Old

    We've had a single bottle of Old Charter Bottled In Bond bourbon on the shelf of the store where I work part-time for as long as I've worked there. It only just dawned on me the other day that I've never seen it anywhere else (except a reference on this site's 'Bourbon brands' listing), so I got to looking at the bottle. In rather small print on the back label it states, "This bourbon is 7 years old." That was a bit of a surprise, because I think we all most often assume BIB is 4 years old, though I realize the original law specified that as a minimum for taxation purposes.
    Anyway, does anybody know anything about this bourbon? Is it still made? Why is it 7 years old instead of the usual 4?

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    Re: Old Charter BIB 7-Year-Old

    crack it open and drink it!

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    Re: Old Charter BIB 7-Year-Old

    crack it open and drink it!
    My bet is that Tim's going to wait until he has two (or three? Or ten?) bunkered before he cracks it open!

    I have never seen the Old Charter BIB to which you refer either. Any possibility of posting a photo?


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    Re: Old Charter BIB 7-Year-Old

    crack it open and drink it!
    My bet is that Tim's going to wait until he has two (or three? Or ten?) bunkered before he cracks it open!

    I have never seen the Old Charter BIB to which you refer either. Any possibility of posting a photo?



    I was going to say the same thing, and looking at it from a collector's standpoint I can't blame him... I'd proably do the same thing until I found out more about it or at a minimum had a 2nd bottle.


    Unfortunately Tim, I don't know much about this particular bottling either. A photo would still be great to see though, that's if you can take a quick one.

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    Re: Old Charter BIB 7-Year-Old

    Well, you and Mark are both (at least, temporarily) right -- assuming it hasn't been sold before I get to work tomorrow -- I think I'll buy it, and ask my boss to reorder it, just to see if the distributor still has some in stock. If so, I'll buy another and drink one of 'em. If not, then...well -- we'll see.
    Once I have it in hand, I'll try a pic.

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    Re: Old Charter BIB 7-Year-Old

    Old Charter is a former United/Diageo product, now owned by Buffalo Trace/Sazerac. It's popular in the South, particularly in Arkansas. The Great Bourbon Web Site doesn't show a BIB, but the youngest Charter it does show is 8 years old. At least back when both were made by United at the Bernheim distillery, Old Charter was essentially the same whiskey as I. W. Harper.

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    Re: Old Charter BIB 7-Year-Old

    Here's the pic (front label):
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    Re: Old Charter BIB 7-Year-Old

    And the back:
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    Re: Old Charter BIB 7-Year-Old

    The BIB must have been a United product as it came from Lousiville.The great bourbon web site lists an 8 and 12 year old Old Charter. I have a bottle of 10 year old from Frankfort, and I still see that product around I guess that they are not producing it anymore

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    Re: Old Charter BIB 7-Year-Old

    They still make the 10-year-old. Click any of the other Old Charters on the web site and you'll see it mentioned as a footnote.

 

 

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