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


A handmade

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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NOTE: As of April 2021, Skinner Auctioneers is selling a bottle of “Old Ingledew” whiskey which they assess contains whiskey from the late 1700s. That claim will be debunked, in great detail, in upcoming media reports.



 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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