Hoffman Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in "Mr Lucky Series" Leprechaun Mr Bartender Decanter with Music Box 1975 (4/5 quart, 90 proof)
This vintage decanter was bottled at Hoffman Distilling Co. in Lawrenceburg, Ky. for their "Mr Lucky Series" in 1975.
Bottled as a 90 US proof (45% ABV) Hoffman Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in 4/5 quart (75.7cl) Leprechaun Mr Bartender Decanter with Music Box plays "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" .
The Hoffman Distillery was built on the banks of the Salt River in 1880 by S.O. Hackley. Soon after the distillery was built, he teamed up with Ike Hoffman and from there grew two well-known brands at the time; Old Hoffman and Old Spring. By 1912, Hoffman was the sole owner and went bankrupt. In 1916 the distillery was brought by L.&E. Werthheimer. The distillery was closed and torn down during prohibition. After repeal, the distillery was re-built and the new owners hired Robert and Ezra Ripy to run the distillery. Robert and Ezra were two of the sons of Thomas Ripy who was one of the most famous distillers in the late 1800’s. Thomas’s other two sons founded the Ripy distillery that would eventually become Wild Turkey as we know it today.
These rare bottles from Hoffman distillery were produced in the mid-1970s at the height of the American whiskey craze for commemorative decanters.
In 1979 Hoffman distillery known for producing the Ezra Brooks label was shut down and with the shutdown was the end of the Hoffman Bourbon brand. The distillery sat for four years until a gentleman by the name of Julian Van Winkle III purchased the distillery, renamed it Old Commonwealth, birthed the legendary Pappy Van Winkle brand and transformed it into a bottling facility for his Old Rip Van Winkle product. In 1981, the Van Winkle family cut ties with Stitzel-Weller and needed a place to bottle their aging whiskey. From 1983 until 2002 the Van Winkle’s bottled their famous product out of this old Hoffman Distillery. In 2002, the Van Winkle’s went into a partnership with Buffalo Trace and the Hoffman Distillery was left abandoned.
*please note wear to packaging