Baker's Pure Rye 1847
The World's Oldest Whiskey


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This bottle of Baker's Pure Rye Whiskey is the official Guinness World Records holder for the oldest whiskey in the world, and the only existing American whiskey distilled and bottled prior to the end of the Civil War.

Rye whiskey is "the" original American whiskey, with a history linked to the earliest days of the United States. Read on to learn all about the bottle, what's inside, and how it was authenticated, with tidbits of whiskey history throughout.

Feel free to go in order or browse. Whiskey geeks may find the page on the spirit itself most interesting (includes spoilers), but all pages are rich with details.


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** Temporary note ** Skinner Auctions in Boston recently sold a whiskey they assessed as "late 1700s." That assesment exploits a quirk of radiocarbon dating common to many old whiskeys and wines, combined with some clever PR. The detailed report deunking the Ingledew claims is here.


 Special thanks for their invaluable knowledge and help:
Darrell Corti
Chuck Cowdery
Todd Holmes
Bill Lindsey
David Othenin-Girard
David Robertson
Steve Ury

With credit to the works of:
Chuck Cowdery
William R. Johnston
Sam Komlenic
Bill Lindsey
John Lipman
Fred Minnick
Reid Mitenbuler
Clay Risen
Mike Veach
...and other chroniclers of history as noted. 




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