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1 March 1938.

This date is important to the history of bourbon. Any guesses as to why it is important?

Mike Veach

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bourbonv

Not even close. Any other guesses?

Mike Veach

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pepcycle

Is it the day Carrie Nation found out she was being sent to Cuba in exchange for a box of cigars? skep.gif

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bluesbassdad

Mike,

Is it the birthday of someone whom we on StraightBourbon.com know, either personally or by reputation?

Yours truly,

Dave Morefield

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bourbonv

Its not a Birthday.

Mike Veach

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bourbonv

I like this answer but it is not right. My favorite quote about Carrie Nation is from Henry Watterson's editorial about her death when he said that it was only fitting that this daughter of Kentucky should die in dry, dry Kansas.

Mike Veach

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Paradox

I have no idea but here's my guess since I found it on google. It happened that day and he did it, as he says, thanks to the pint of Kentucky bourbon he knocked back just before he reached Tahlequah at the end of his historic walk.

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bourbonv

Interesting, but 22 days too late.

Just a hint, Heaven Hill's bourbon brand manager was asking me about this date.

Mike Veach

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bluesbassdad

Mike,

Was an innovation in the production, packaging, distribution or sale of bourbon introduced on that date?

Yours truly,

Dave Morefield

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bourbonv

Dave,

You are on the right track, but innovation is not the right word.

Mike Veach

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Gillman

Was alcohol permitted to be sold at retail in Bardstown and environs on the date in question under post-Prohibition local option laws?

Gary

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bourbonv

Sorry Gary,

It is not a prohibition / sale of alcohol type date. Dave was closer.

Mike

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brendaj

Mike,

OK, since a brand manager was doing the talking...

was it the first sale of a brand in small bottles , say Old Forrester?

Bj

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TNbourbon

A shot in the dark here (but I'm put off by your non-Prohibition-related remark):

Is this the date of opening for the first BIB warehouses after Repeal, which was accomplished in Dec. 1933? Figuring a few months for regulatory and startup processing, post-Prohibition whiskey wouldn't have been produced until Spring 1934. That would make March 1938 the 4-year anniversary of its warehousing.

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bourbonv

Good try, but no cigar! Prohibition ended in December 1933 so the first possible bonded whiskey would be December 1937. You are on the right track though.

Mike Veach

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bourbonv

Sorry Brenda. Not even close.

Mike Veach

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Gillman

Mike: introduction of tax-paid revenue stamps on bottles.

Also, in '38, a federal food and cosmetics law was passed. It prevented interstate commerce in adulterated products and regulated (prohibited) additives from being used in certain foods and drinks. Was that it, perhaps?

Gary

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tommy

I've been reading up on Heaven Hill on its new website, and I saw that barrel #1 was filled in 1935. Was March 1, 1938 the date that whiskey was dumped or bottled or sold?

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bourbonv

According to the regulations set up by the government after prohibition, All whiskey that wished to be designated "Straight Whiskey" other than corn whiskey, that was made on or after 1 March 1938 had to be aged in unused charred oak barrels. Early Times made 66 years ago on this day in February would have been defined as a "straight bourbon whiskey" but not after 1 March 1938.

Mike Veach

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brendaj

Mike,

Thanks for answering early this morning. I found myself thinking about this last night as I was trying to go to sleep (Gawd, I need a life... lol.gif).

Cool little tidbit,

Bj

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cowdery

Interesting. I didn't know the rule was that recent. Do you know what led to its adoption?

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bourbonv

Chuck,

The regulations were part of the government's regulations defining the industry after prohibition. This specific rule came about because of a strong lobby for the cooperage industry. Reusing barrels means less business for the cooperage companies and they were in the middle of a depression.

Mike Veach

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dgonano

2 March 1938

This date is important as the first and last time

the unused barrels were filled and then flash-charred.

They're still cleaning up the mess!

Sorry for the humor.

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bobbyc
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