Herman Volkerding was president of the Old Barbee Distillery in 1901, when the bottle of bourbon was distilled in Woodford County. Volkerding died in 1912, two years before the bourbon was bottled. The bottle wasn’t opened last month, when longtime Wild Turkey master distiller Jimmy Russell sampled it and pronounced it excellent. Volkerding was the great-grandfather of columnist Tom Eblen’s wife, Becky.

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