American Bourbon By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / June 18, 2015 The world of American bourbons and rye whiskies in the 20 year and up category is small, rare and controversial to some. To many collectors of anything old whiskey, 20 and up seems to be a sweet spot for throwing out hundreds or even thousands of dollars a bottle just to say you own something of that age and/or to even try to sell it to others on the secondary market. To those who find it controversial, on the other hand, arguments against its existence can include American whiskey in this age range being well past its prime in terms of taste (i.e. often very woody because of the extended time in barrel) and also that those who buy these overhyped releases can end up being gullible to the marketing forces behind them. Some American bourbons and ryes in the 20+ year category. (image copyright The Whiskey Wash) As for what distilleries these 20+ year American whiskies herald from – and for many this can be one of the biggest sticking points one way or the other – that can be a bit of a mystery depending upon the company behind the bottling. Common mythology for some of it is the famed former Stitzel-Weller distillery, but mergers and acquisitions in the leaner years of the bourbon industry have shifted aging barrels around and this, along with the fact some distilleries which have remained in operation have old whiskey stock around still for their own use or to sell to others, make it at times quite the guessing game. Read More Whiskey NewsThe James Crow Chronicles: Part 2 (Scotland’s 1822 Distilling Industry)Whatever the position you take, you have to at least be fascinated by the idea such old American whiskey can still exist in the first place. To give you an idea of what bottlings are out there in the 20+ age range, we’ve prepared a list below for your consideration. It is likely we may miss some, so please let us know in the comments if we do. Note these are listed by oldest first and then alphabetically from there. Also, in many cases, they are likely almost fully sold out at retail and only available via private collectors or Internet/brick and mortar auctions at a high premium from what suggested retail was when they were first released. Those we’ve found are still available through retail channels are linked below to a third party site which offers suggestions on where to buy (in some cases it may be overseas). 30 Year Old Jefferson’s Presidential Select Straight Bourbon 28 Year Old Hirsch Selection Straight Bourbon 28 Year Old Willett Single Barrel Straight Bourbon 27 Year Old Parker’s Heritage 2nd Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 26 Year Old Orphan Barrel Old Blowhard Kentucky Bourbon 25 Year Old Hirsch Selection Kentucky Rye 25 Year Old Jefferson’s Presidential Select Rye 25 Year Old Jefferson’s Presidential Select Straight Bourbon 25 Year Old Michter’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon 25 Year Old Michter’s Kentucky Straight Rye 25 Year Old Rittenhouse Rye 25 Year Old Willett Single Barrel Straight Bourbon 25 Year Old Willett Straight Rye 24 Year Old Willett Single Barrel Straight Bourbon 24 Year Old Willett Straight Rye 23 Year Old Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection Giant French Oak 23 Year Old Elijah Craig Single Barrel Straight Bourbon 23 Year Old Evan Williams Bourbon 23 Year Old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon 23 Year Old Rittenhouse Rye 22 Year Old Blade & Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon 22 Year Old Hirsch Selection Straight Rye 22 Year Old Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet Straight Bourbon 22 Year Old Willett Single Barrel Straight Bourbon 22 Year Old Willett Straight Rye 21 Year Old Elijah Craig Single Barrel Straight Bourbon 21 Year Old High West Old Rocky Mountain Rye 21 Year Old Hirsch Selection Rye 21 Year Old Hooker’s House General’s Reserve Bourbon 21 Year Old Jefferson’s Presidential Select Rye 21 Year Old Jefferson’s Presidential Select Straight Bourbon 21 Year Old Rittenhouse Rye 21 Year Old Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 21 Year Old Willett Single Barrel Straight Bourbon 20 Year Old A.H. Hirsch Bourbon 20 Year Old Hirsch Special Reserve American Whiskey 20 Year Old Michter’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon 20 Year Old Orphan Barrel Barterhouse Bourbon 20 Year Old Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 20 Year Old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon 20 Year Old Willett Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Shop the Johnnie Walker Blue Label at ReserveBar!