121221OldBarbeel0002

121221OldBarbeel0002

This pint of Old Barbee bourbon, which columnist Tom Eblen acquired 25 years ago, was distilled in 1901 when his wife’s great-grandfather, Herman Volkerding, was president of the Woodford County distillery, whose offices were in Louisville. It was bottled in 1914 after aging for 13 years in a charred white oak barrel. In recent years, the cork and sea dried out, causing nearly half of the bottle’s contents to evaporate. Photo by Tom Eblen | teblen@herald-leader.com



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