Mike Veach was able to give me some information regarding Omar's question about the oldest bourbon bottle.

"In the 1970s, National Distillers had a contest to find the earliest bottle with the word "bourbon" on the label. The winner was an 1849 Benniger's bottle. They really hoped to find an Old Crow from that era but that whiskey was sold only by the barrel. The first distiller to gain a permit (which meant he had to change state law to to apply for the permit) to bottle whiskey at the distillery was James E. Pepper in the 1880's."

<A target="_blank" HREF=http://cowdery.home.netcom.com>--Chuck Cowdery</A>