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Auction underway for whiskey bottled in Georgia considered oldest in existence (www.wsbradio.com)

Auction underway for whiskey bottled in Georgia considered oldest in existence

It probably takes something ultra-unique to surprise and wow a rare spirits expert like Joseph Hyman. This qualifies. “The whole backstory about the bottle was fascinating in and of itself,” Hyman tells WSB Radio.

Hyman is with Skinner Auctioneers and was introduced to this bottle of bourbon. He started doing research on it, and it turns out, “it’s right there on the bottle, LaGrange, Georgia.” Embossed with the name Evans & Ragland, a grocer and whiskey bottler from LaGrange. “The type of manufacturer of that of bottle fits roughly 1840′s to 1860′s.”

That’s the bottle. What about the liquid inside? “I got permission to go through the cork with a hypodermic needle as carefully as possible, and draw out a tiny, tiny sample and send it off to a lab,” says Hyman. That lab ended up being at the University of Georgia for Carbon-14 testing. The age of the bourbon “came back with the highest probability of 1760 roughly to 1800” for this bottle of Old Ingledew Whiskey.

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