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    Charcoal Perfected J.W. Dant & Matt Watkins BIB

    2 bottles in my dad's basement I have no idea what these are! Looking for any help from some of the guys who have been around awhile?

    1) Bottled In Bond Matt Watkins American Light Whiskey 100 proof 1974 green tax stamp is missing but bottle looks full
    Distilled By Continental Dist. Corp. D.S.P. PA. 1

    2) J.W. Dant Charcoal Perfected Old Style Whiskey Aged 10 Years 1960
    Lawrenceburg Ind.

    I'll be bringing these home as my dad has no need for them and I'll drink it so if you have ever seen or had these I'd love to here you thoughts??

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Charcoal Perfected J.W. Dant & Matt Watkins BIB


    2) J.W. Dant Charcoal Perfected Old Style Whiskey Aged 10 Years 1960
    Lawrenceburg Ind.
    Tony,
    I found this chronology on a, well, shall we say, rival bourbon discussion forum. My question: was the Dant bottled in 1960 or barreled in 1960?


    Excerpt quoted from Mike Veach:


    1944 - Arm and Hammer purchases the Gethsemane distillery who
    run it as United Distillers of America (Hist. Nelson
    Co., Distilleries).

    1952 - Schenley acquires the Dant Gethsemane, Kentucky
    distillery (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

    1957 - J W Dant "Charcoal Perfected" is introduced (U D Archive, Uncataloged press release).

    1968 - Dant experiments with special decanters for their bourbon (Kovel's bottles, Dant).

    1987 - United Distillers acquires Schenley (C Morris,
    15/11/91).

    1993 - United Distillers sells the J W Dant Brands to Heaven Hill (M. Veach, 3/93).
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    Re: Charcoal Perfected J.W. Dant & Matt Watkins BIB

    The bottom of the bottle has the 60 on it and it's 4/5 quart. So I'd say bottles in 60 or close to it.

    Thanks for the research Jeremy!!

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    Re: Charcoal Perfected J.W. Dant & Matt Watkins BIB

    Just outta curiosity, what's the proof on the Dant? It's a nice looking bottle, I'd guess it to be one of the premiums of its time.
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    Re: Charcoal Perfected J.W. Dant & Matt Watkins BIB

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    Just outta curiosity, what's the proof on the Dant? It's a nice looking bottle, I'd guess it to be one of the premiums of its time.

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    Re: Charcoal Perfected J.W. Dant & Matt Watkins BIB

    I would bet that the dant is good stuff. I have never tried any light whiskey. I do not think there is a single brand left on the market, inless Barton QT is still sold. It was a bourbon recipe distilled to a higher proof, I assume that it was made to combat blended whiskey.

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    Re: Charcoal Perfected J.W. Dant & Matt Watkins BIB

    Barton only recently stopped making light whiskey and they were the last. I was surprised when I learned that they were still making it. Light whiskey was similar to a Scottish grain whiskey. It was distilled at between 160 and 190 proof, so between bourbon and vodka. It was supposed to save the industry. It bombed.

    I note that the Dant comes from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and though 10-years-old was not a straight whiskey. Assuming they were doing something like the Jack Daniel's process, this probably also has a very light flavor. I wonder if it's Cascade Hollow whiskey, bottled at Lawrenceburg.

    Ironic that the only bourbon in your picture is Early Times.
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    Re: Charcoal Perfected J.W. Dant & Matt Watkins BIB

    I never knew that Early Times was once a true "Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey".
    When did they start aging in old used barrels?

    And Tony, man you find old dusties everywhere.
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    Re: Charcoal Perfected J.W. Dant & Matt Watkins BIB

    This thread will give a little more detail about "light" whiskey. A big flop This article was about HH's venture into this end of the line product. Nearly all the distilleries gave this new "light stuff" a try.

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    Re: Charcoal Perfected J.W. Dant & Matt Watkins BIB

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Ironic that the only bourbon in your picture is Early Times.
    Yeah I will say Chuck my father is not the bourbon fan I am. The Early Times was from his dad, my grandfather and has been open for a long time! If that 4 year old was better than it is now when they opened it I want to find a case !

    It was really good for young stuff!

    I may bring the Dant to the Sampler for all to judge!

    Thanks for everyones comments!

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