Frazier History Museum Displays Rifle Bourbon Decanter
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This Historic Rifle Decanter Holds Bourbon, Not Gunpowder

Bourbon Decanter

This rifle-shaped bourbon decanter is on display at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo: WDRB)

The Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, recently added a new addition to its “Spirit of Kentucky” exhibit: a decanter collection on loan to the museum. The collection includes rare 1978 Daviess County bourbon housed in a decanter that looks like a rifle.

The rifle decanter is something of a relic, dating back more than 40 years.

“They made 1,000 of these back in 1978,” Andy Treinen, president and CEO at the Frazier History Museum, said, according to WDRB. “As you can see, it’s a Kentucky long rifle. We turned it sideways and it started to leak. We started to empty the contents to a glass container and then started doing research on where this thing came from.”

According to WDRB, gimmicky decanters such as this one are from the 1960s and 1970s, used as marketing tools to get people to buy bourbon when it was much less popular than it is today.

The Bourbon Pursuit podcast visited the museum earlier this month and got the chance to drink some of the 1978 Daviess County bourbon from the decanter.

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