Collectable Bourbon Bottles Make Comeback in 2013

For bourbon drinkers, 2013 is starting to look a lot like the 1970s.

From the 1950 to 1970s, Jim Beam released collectable decanters that can be found on eBay for as high as $4,500. These decanters ranged from ducks to cars and from political to satirical.

Other spirits followed Beam’s lead. In 1969, Canadian Mist released a Ceramic Canadian Mountie Decanter, which can be found on eBay for $19. The 1960s-era Beefeater Yeoman decanter still commands a hefty $160 on eBay, showing the decanter phenomenon reached far deeper than just bourbon drinkers.

By the 1970s, the decanter helped create a unique collector’s market that is still very alive today. Just visit to learn the depth.

Within three months, 2013 is proving to be a whiskey collector’s kind of year.

As soon as Maker’s Mark reversed the proof, the Maker’s Mark 84 proof bottles became instant collector’s items and Kentucky retailers saw them fly off the shelf.

Four Roses recently announced its Secretariat Bourbon Decanters. The 500 limited-edition, hand-numbered decanters will become huge collectables for bourbon drinkers and horse fans alike.

Meanwhile, Woodford Reserve announced the release of the 2013 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle featuring the artwork of Oregon-based painter Eric Bowman.

I’ve heard rumors of other brands planning to announce cool bottles. So, keep your eye out for these special whiskeys in special bottles.

But before I get ahead of myself and declare 2013 the year of the collector, let’s look at some of those hip Jim Beam decanters. If you want to see these in person, go check out the Jim Beam Distillery in Claremont, Kentucky. Jim Beam is even selling decanters in the gift shop. Could it become a collectable?

Because of my military background, this canteen is without a doubt my favorite Beam decanter.
Because of my military background, this canteen is without a doubt my favorite Beam decanter.
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Ducks Unlimited Jim Beam decanter
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Doesn’t this decanter look like the singing fish on the infomercial?
Jim Beam Decanters 4
Oh, yes, who can forget the Osco Drug decanter?
Jim Beam Decanters 5
This was probably made for John Daly.
Jim Beam Decanters 7
All these decanters are on display at Jim Beam’s experience.

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6 Replies to “Collectable Bourbon Bottles Make Comeback in 2013”

  1. Looking for advice: I have a Imperial Session 4/5 quart 100 month
    86 proof James Beam Bourbon from Clermont Kt USA. On the front
    Of the decanter is king tut and on the back is Indianapolis Indiana
    1970. Can any collectors let me the value of this item? I have a few
    More decanters from the 1970,s from a family collection.

  2. Hi Fred – I was the HR Director at Bader-Rutter during your military service, remember me? Funny I should meet you here, I’m looking to value a Beam collectable myself. The tax seal is intact and it hasn’t been opened, it’s a fish from the Hayward, WI national fishing hall of fame. Any idea where I can find out what it’s worth? Thanks, hope you are well – regards, Wendy

  3. I have a Beam 100 month canteen decanter like the one pictured above. It is in perfect condition, full and with the tax seal intact. Any idea what it is worth? I would be interested in selling if it is valuable enought to warrent trying to ship such a delicate item. Thank you for the information. Dan Hall

  4. anyone know what the Jim Beam fresh water fish collection is worth? My mom has all of them in the series still inn the box Thanks

  5. I have the sets of Jim Bean freight and passenger trains and I’m looking for a price and collectors. Is there a list somewhere….like the Ezra Brooks bottles?

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