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A premium release from the Sazerac company, this was distilled at George T. Stagg in 1994 and aged 25 years. It is one of only 1,085 bottles.
First released in the fall of 2016, previous vintages of the distillery’s rare O.F.C. have included several that were only available for charitable organizations. The O.F.C. name is a nod to the Old Fashioned Copper Distillery, the original name of the distillery now known as Buffalo Trace.
This is a very interesting bourbon bottled exclusively for the Japanese export market in 1988.
The Hoffman distillery was purchased by Julian Van Winkle III after the death of his father had terminated the agreement with Stitzel-Weller distillery that allowed them to bottle Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon there. Julian III bought the distillery in 1983, and it is unclear whether this bottle contains warehoused stock that may have been part of the deal. No-age statement bourbon tends to be around 5-8 years old, and the Japanese had a preference for it to be well-aged at the time, so it is unlikely therefore that this is Hoffman-distilled whiskey. Van Winkle reserved most of his Stitzel-Weller stock for the Old Rip Van Winkle brands, preferring to source whiskey (mostly from the old Heaven Hill) for his other brands. This is likely the case for this.
This was bottled in 1988 at 86 US proof at the distillery, which Van Winkle had renamed Old Commonwealth.
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