Rare Whiskey Auction Features Pappy, Prohibition Bottles


June 29, 2023

Rare whiskey auction Prohibition Pappy

An auction of rare American whiskeys is live at Whiskey.Auction through Tuesday, July 4, featuring everything from sought-after Pappy Van Winkle bottles to Prohibition-era whiskeys.

The whskeys are from The Crobar – a Rock ‘n’ Roll institute, which was a bourbon mainstay in London’s Soho area for almost 20 years. Since it opened in 2001, owner Richard ‘Crobar’ Thomas amassed a huge collection of old, rare and interesting Bourbon, a collection that has now come to auction since the closure of the Crobar in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I never really thought about what I’d do with them, but when Covid happened I didn’t want to leave them lying around in an empty bar, so I crated them up and brought them home,” Thomas told Whiskey.Auction Magazine. “Since then, my amazing collection has languished in cupboards in my house, where nobody got to see them or enjoy them. As such, I have decided it’s time to put them up for sale so that they can be seen and enjoyed by others.”

Here are a few highlighted bottles:

Old Charter Whiskey – Made Spring 1917, Bottled Fall 1929 – A 47cl bottle of Old Charter Whiskey Bottled In Bond Under Government Supervision in Louisville, Kentucky. The tax stamp reads: Made Spring 1917, Bottled Fall 1929.

Four Roses 4 Year Old – Bottled 1930s-1940s – A 47cl bottle of Four Roses Four Year Old, A Blend Of Straight Whiskies, Blended By Frankfort Distillers Incorporated, Louisville, Baltimore, MD. We estimate this was bottled in the 1930s to early 1940s.

Pappy Van Winkle’s 23 Year Old Family Reserve – A bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s 23 Year Old Family Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled by Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Frankfort. This was imported to England by Hi-Spirits Ltd. This rare bottling honors Julian ‘Pappy’ Van Winkle who was the first of the family to enter the distilling industry.

Old Timbrook – Made Fall 1937, Bottled Fall 1943 – A 94cl bottle of Old Timbrook  Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey bottled by Security Warehouse Company, St. Louis Missouri. The tax stamp reads: Made Fall 1937, Bottled 1943.

To view the full auction and to bid, visit Whiskey.Auction.