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Old 03-02-2008, 12:09 PM   #1
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Default 1920's Bacardi

Last night at Corona Cigar, they had a few very old bottles of rum in special cabinet that were for sale. There was a 1920's gallon jug of Bacardi from Cuba in a weave basket from the prohibition days, yes, full of rum.
The price: $15,000:eek:!!! There were a few others, but those escape me.
My only question was: How could we know how the rum was distilled and aged? The same question I would ask on any vintage rum or other expensive collector's item. I must say, the bottles were very cool to look at, and they made me wonder about how things were way back when.
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My friend has a bottle of Bacardi rum from the 1920s American Prohibition era, or perhaps earlier, marked Solera Extra Philadelphia 1876 (the year Bacardi earned their first gold medal in the Philadelphia Word Exposition).

It's unopened and includes some notes from the original owner who died not long ago and left it to his girlfriend. He claimed it's the oldest bottle of Bacardi rum in Florida.



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Old 03-03-2008, 08:44 AM   #3
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I must say, the bottles were very cool to look at, and they made me wonder about how things were way back when.
I think its quite interesting with old rum bottles (and its contents)
I won this one from EBay, its unopened but some has evaporated. But i payed 3 dollars..
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:47 AM   #4
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That label's in superb condition Rob considering it's coming away from the bottle. It's hardly frayed or even faded.

The other bottles I've seen from that era are in much worse condition - I'd suggest it could be worth a fair fortune.
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Default I have the same bottle... almost

Instead of Ron Anejo, mine says 1873. And the top line of the label is Extra Superior". And the botton of the label has "Graduacion 44-5". The cork? is intact, and has a foil seal with the Bacardi Bat embossed on top.
I got this years ago for helping a friend move. He had a wine/liquor rack that came from his grandfather's restaurant in Washington, DC. One "helper" just cleaned out the rack while the rest of us worked. I got this and some other "cheap stuff" that remained.
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Instead of Ron Anejo, mine says 1873. And the top line of the label is Extra Superior". And the botton of the label has "Graduacion 44-5". The cork? is intact, and has a foil seal with the Bacardi Bat embossed on top.
I got this years ago for helping a friend move. He had a wine/liquor rack that came from his grandfather's restaurant in Washington, DC. One "helper" just cleaned out the rack while the rest of us worked. I got this and some other "cheap stuff" that remained.

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Is this one for sale? If so please mail me on info@maximumevents.be.

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I recently obtained a bottle of Bacardi I believe may be from the prohibition era or early 40's. Here is a picture, is anyone able to give me any idea of the year made or any other information? Thanks!

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Since there is Engish text on the label I doubt that was produced during prohibition when imports were banned and there would have been no reason to print English labels for the American market.
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VanillaMummy,

I realize I'm replying to a very old thread but I thought I'd let you know that your bottle dates to a very narrow window between 1916-1919. In 1916 Bacardi opened a bottling plant in New York (hence the Habana - New York label on your bottle) but it was a short-lived operation shuttered sometime during 1919 in advance of Prohibition.

As a surviving example of pre-Prohibition New York bottle it is quite rare and desirable.

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Aphonik,
Would you have any insight on my bottle? It is also shown in this thread.
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