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    Youngest bourbon in production?

    I know US law states that bourbon has to be a minimum of two years old, but I don't think I've ever spotted anything under the age of four. I'm curious what a very young bourbon tastes like, and idea what brands I should be looking for?

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    Re: Youngest bourbon in production?

    Didnīt Old Crow used to have a 3yo-statement on the bottleneck but maybe thatīs a thing of the past?

    It was ages since I last looked at a bottle.

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    Re: Youngest bourbon in production?

    It's been awhile since I looked at a bottle of Old Crow also, but I too was under the impression that it is 3 yrs old.

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    Old Crow

    I'm pretty sure Old Crow says 36 months. I usually buy a bottle around the holidays for a lady who likes it. At $10 a liter, it is a cheap, amusing, yet appreciated, gift. Her husband is a scotch drinker and just shakes his head. I haven't tasted Old Crow in years.

    I'm fairly sure I've seen something that says 24 months, but can't think what it was. A bottom Barton brand? I'll keep my eyes open.

    Bob

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    Re: Old Crow, and others

    I looked around a store last night. Old Crow, regular Ancient Age, and Walker's Deluxe were all 3 yrs. old. A bottle of Kentucky Gold, which was a 80/20 blend, says 24 months. I'm pretty sure that was the 2 year I was thinking of.
    Bob

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    Re: Old Crow, and others

    I doubt if it is in production now, but I looked at a mini I got from Tim at the sampler. It is Crab Ochard and a whopping 1 year and 3 month bourbon. Oddly it has the depth of color one would see with 4 to 6 year boubon. Believe me, it's hard for the color to show though in those minis.

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    Re: Old Crow, and others

    I, too, have a mini that is less than 2 years old. It's a 1 year old Cream of Kentucky Bourbon from the Schenley days.

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    Re: Old Crow, and others

    These fall under the rare category of "bourbon" but not straight bourbon. Straight must be aged at least two years. Bourbon, if not straight, must be aged for a time, not otherwise specified, presumably long enough to have the characteristics commonly attributed to bourbon.

    Gary

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    Re: Old Crow, and others

    Straight must be aged at least two years.
    Agreed, Gary, but I have a bit of an anomaly with my Crab Ochard bottling. It says Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey on the front label. Then the rear label with the "This Whiskey is 1 year and Three Months Old". Since it is a product of the American Medicinal Spirits Corporation, I'm thinking Prohibition era. It now might seem I have something of a rarity on my hands.

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    Re: Old Crow, and others

    Absolutely you have an oldie on your hands, Bobby, that's 1930's stock and the rules were different then. What's it taste like??

    Gary

 

 

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