I found no bottlings from decades past in Providence but picked up an inexpensive bourbon called Warehouse Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 80 proof and only $11.00 - for a litre.
Although I did not expect that much, it turns out to be an excellent product with a good round bourbon taste and no youthful indicators such as corn oil or acetone. It is probably a couple of years older than the stated age (4 years).
It is hard to place it, if I had to guess, I'd say excellent quality Heaven Hill. If you diluted EWSB '97 to 80 proof I'd find it similar to this Warehouse brand, ditto even Knob Creek so perhaps it is of Beam origin (but it has no anise flavor like most Beam bourbons do).
It is perfect for neat summer sampling.
The info on the label states it is bottled by a company called Allen's Ltd. in Somerville, MA for Warehouse Liquors of Rhode Island.
There is a also description, which reads charmingly:
"This whiskey is distilled from fully ripened and matured grains, producing a uniform whiskey of excellent quality, mellow flavor and fine bouquet".
The words "ripe", "mellow" and "bouqet" were used extensively in pre-Prohibition and early post-Pro advertising and I am sure this little formulation goes back to that time, it has an old-timey ring.
Cheers to Allen's Ltd. for bottling an excellent bourbon at such a low cost.