Frazier History Museum

Rare & Vintage Bourbons

Are you a collector of rare and historic Bourbons? The Frazier’s Museum Store has over 80 brands of Bourbon to choose from — including a selection of rare and collectible contemporary Bourbons as well as “dusty bottle” vintage whiskeys that were bottled during Prohibition.

Rare & Collectible Bourbons

2019 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Bottle

o   Product. One liter of small batch Kentucky Bourbon (90.4 proof).

o   About the Product. The Woodford Reserve Distillery is one of the few places in the world where you’ll see racehorses and Bourbon maturing side by side. The limestone-filtered water in Kentucky makes for quality Bourbon and strong racehorses. And like nurturing a champion thoroughbred, the art of crafting fine Bourbon whiskey takes time, patience, and attention to detail. Woodford Reserve is the Official Bourbon and Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby®, the most iconic horse race in the world. Commissioned to paint the 2019 Kentucky Derby artwork is Kentucky native and horseracing enthusiast Keith Anderson.

o   Distillery. Woodford Reserve Distillery (1812 – Present). Woodford County, Kentucky, USA.

Jefferson’s Journey & Jefferson’s Kentucky Aged 

o   Product. One 200 mL bottle of Jefferson’s Journey; one 200 mL bottle of Jefferson’s Kentucky Aged (92 proof).

o   About the Product. Own a piece of history only available at the Frazier History Museum. These Bourbons test the theory that historic river travel gave Kentucky Bourbon its rich and distinct taste. Two barrels of Bourbon were sent from Louisville to New York. To reach their destination, they sailed the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and, finally, the ocean. For one year, the natural elements aged the barrels of Kentucky’s finest spirit. For comparison, two barrels of the same Bourbon were aged on land in Crestwood, KY for a year. Included in this set is a 200 mL bottle of Jefferson’s Journey and another of Jefferson’s Kentucky Aged. Follow their journey and test the theory for yourself.


Vintage Bourbons

Old Hickory Fine Old Eastern Rye Whiskey

o   Product. One pint of rye whiskey, bottled in bond. Distilled by Wiser’s Distillery Limited. Bottled in 1925 by Wiser’s Distillery Limited.

o   About the Product. The product of perfect distillation, this whiskey was distilled from the finest type of selected grain, matured in casks in heated bonded warehouses, and bottled at the distillery under government supervision. The bottle’s markings indicate that it was wax-dipped in Montreal and sealed in Ottawa.

o   Distillery. Wiser’s Distillery Limited (1857 – 1924); Canadian Industrial Alcohol Co. (c. 1924). Prescott, Ontario, Canada.

o   About the Distillery. Established in 1857 in Prescott, Ontario, JP Wiser’s Distillery Limited was acquired by the Canadian Industrial Alcohol Company in 1924. This parent organization moved the distillery’s operations to Corbyville, Ontario.

Old Jim Gore Bourbon Whisky

o   Product. One pint of Kentucky Bourbon (100 proof), aged 13 years, bottled in bond. Distilled in spring 1912* by Wiglesworth Bros. Bottled in fall 1925* by James E. Pepper & Co.

o   About the Product. Named after one of its Chicago-based proprietors [Chapin & Gore] and advertised as the “Best in the World,” this old-fashioned sour mash Bourbon has a rare mellow flavor.

o   Distillery. 6th District, RD #10, Wiglesworth Bros. Co. (1869 – 1919). Harrison County, Kentucky, USA.

o   About the Distillery. Located on the South Fork of the Licking River four miles northwest of Cynthiana, this distillery was built in 1856 by John Poindexter. In 1869, the Wiglesworth family acquired it, tore it down, and rebuilt it. By 1910, the mashing capacity had been increased to 300 bushels per day and there were three bonded warehouses with storage capacity for 20,000 barrels. In the late 1910s, the officers were J. M. Wiglesworth, president, and W. T. Wiglesworth, secretary-treasurer. Products included Old G. W. Taylor, Poindexter Bourbon, and Wiglesworth Bros. Sweet Mash. The distillery closed at Prohibition.

o   About the Bottling Facility. In 1924, all the whiskey in storage at the Wiglesworth Bros. Distillery was transferred to the concentration warehouses of James E. Pepper & Co., a facility in Lexington that had been leased in 1907 for 20 years by Joseph Wolf of Chicago, where was bottled for medicinal spirits.

John Poindexter Old Bourbon

o   Product. One pint of Kentucky Bourbon (100 proof), aged 12 years, bottled in bond. Distilled in spring 1916** by Wiglesworth Bros. Bottled in spring 1928** by Joseph Wolf.

o   About the Product. Introduced by John Poindexter in the 1850s and later acquired by the Wiglesworth Bros. Co., this brand of sour mash bourbon remained in production until Prohibition.

o   Distillery. 6th District, RD #10, Wiglesworth Bros. Co. (1869 – 1919). Harrison County, Kentucky, USA.

o   About the Distillery. Located on the South Fork of the Licking River four miles northwest of Cynthiana, this distillery was built in 1856 by John Poindexter. In 1869, the Wiglesworth family acquired it, tore it down, and rebuilt it. By 1910, the mashing capacity had been increased to 300 bushels per day and there were three bonded warehouses with storage capacity for 20,000 barrels. In the late 1910s, the officers were J. M. Wiglesworth, president, and W. T. Wiglesworth, secretary-treasurer. Products included Old G. W. Taylor, Poindexter Bourbon, and Wiglesworth Bros. Sweet Mash. The distillery closed at Prohibition.

o   About the Bottling Facility. In 1924, all the whiskey in storage at the Wiglesworth Bros. Distillery was transferred to the concentration warehouses of James E. Pepper & Co., a facility in Lexington that had been leased in 1907 for 20 years by Joseph Wolf of Chicago, where was bottled for medicinal spirits.

* Dates vary for one of the Old Jim Gore bottles: it was distilled in spring 1914 and bottled in spring 1927.

** Dates vary for one the John Poindexter bottles: it was distilled in spring 1914 and bottled in spring 1926.