There Were No “Old” American Whiskeys Before 1958…

Did you know that there were no American whiskeys over 8 years old before 1958? Modern perceptions are that older whiskey is better whiskey. That is purely a marketing scheme. Picture the whiskey industry after WWII. The few distilleries that remained after prohibition had been successful with pulling themselves out of a whiskey drought by producing massive amounts of young whiskey and blending older stocks with neutral grain spirits. People were drinking straight whiskey again and the whiskey industry was successful until WWII ended production in order to massively produce ethanol for the war effort. The whiskey monopolies (including Schenley) were experiencing another whiskey shortage due to the war. Jump to the beginning of 1950 and the build up to the Korean...