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Harry E Wilken 1917 AMS Co Special Old Reserve Bourbon - Prohibition Era


Current bid: $830.00

  • Reserve? (Yes/No): YES
  • Pick Up Location: Washington DC or Lexington KY
  • Shipping Available?: YES
  • Auction Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
  • Year Bottled: 1932
  • Bottle Size: 1 Pint
  • Alcohol %: 100 Proof
  • Start date: June 4, 2021 10:00 am
  • End date: June 13, 2021 8:00 pm
  • Commission%: 15%
  • Current bid : $830.00
  • Total due incl. Shipping/Handling fee: $954.50
  • Published: May 21, 2021 4:50 pm
  • Modified: June 8, 2021 8:23 am


Harry E Wilken 1917 AMS Co Special Old Reserve Bourbon / Prohibition Era Bottling 

Distilled in 1917, this bourbon was protected in bond by the American Medicinal Spirits Company from the Prohibition Act of 1920, which made alcohol production and consumption illegal.

This was bottled in 1932, a year before the Prohibition was repealed. The whiskey was produced by Harry E. Wilken, distillery no. 368 in the 5th district of Kentucky.

The American Medicinal Spirits Company was one of only around 30 distilling companies to survive Prohibition of the 434 that existed prior. Exploiting the medicinal loophole was the brainchild of Otto Wathen, an idea which continues to prove its value today in the persisting image of his still ever-popular portfolio, which included Old Grand-dad and Hill & Hill.

This 1 pint bottle was filled by the American Medicinal Spirits Company at distillery bonded warehouse no. 19, also in the 5th district of Kentucky, permit no. Ky P-19.


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