Old Boone’s Knoll Bourbon By E.J. Curley Distillery

Boone’s Knoll was a brand made by the E.J. Curley Distillery beginning in the late 19th century (Curley’s two most famous brands were Boone’s Knoll and Blue Grass Whiskey). Interestingly Curley was born in Massachusetts and is thought to have set up his distillery in Kentucky after serving in the Union army following the Civil War. The bottle in the image above was produced long after Curley himself had sold the distillery, but it’s an interesting old brand, if not a very well known one.

This pint was bottled by the American Medicinal Spirits Company (later National Distillers), one of the six companies who were licensed to bottle whiskey during the dry years of National Prohibition between 1919-1933. AMS and the other five companies bought up the liquor stocks from the smaller distilleries that were shuttered by Prohibition and stored it in their consolidation warehouses, which explains why this whiskey was bottled by a different company than the one who distilled it. In fact, the pint seen here was bottled at the very tail end of Prohibition in the Fall of 1933 (Prohibition was repealed in December of that year).

The level of the bottle in the image is a bit on the low side, which hurts the value some. Also, being a less recognizable brand than, say, Old Fitzgerald or Old Grand-Dad, I would place it in the low-to-mid tier of Prohibition medicinal bottlings. That said, I would value it in the $300-400 range based on what I’ve seen similar bottles sell for at auction.



So... what do you think? Please leave me a comment.

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  • Vale: Would a whiskey like this one still taste good? Or could the fill level affect the quality?

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