One thing that Kentucky is known for alongside horses and coal is our native spirit, BOURBON. By definition Kentucky straight bourbon must be at least 51% corn, must be aged in new charred oak barrels for at least 2 years and must be bottled at at least 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume).
In case you have missed the news for the last decade, the demand for Kentucky bourbon is at an all time high. This goes for the names you may have heard, like Pappy Van Winkle or George T. Stagg, but extends much more broadly to include offerings like Elijah Craig, Colonel E.H. Taylor, Four Roses and Sazerac.
These bourbons are very hard to find, but you may be surprised to know that old bourbon bottles, bourbon glasses, barrels and barrel heads and other advertising memorabilia are also highly prized by collectors. Old etched bourbon glasses that our relatives once used are found quite regularly on the shelves at second hand stores, usually for less than a dollar per glass. They routinely change hands online for 5 to 10 times that much!
Old barrel heads with the names of distilleries burned into them are to be found in barns and buildings all over the state, and they can fetch as much as 50-75 dollars each on the secondary market….even old advertising items have become highly prized as Kentucky’s native spirit is now collected from Tokyo to London to Moscow.
Keep your eyes open and hopefully you will find some gems.
– The Pawn Company Insider