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Very Olde St. Nick “Rare Private Stock” 12 Year (Swiss Export Paul Ullrich AG)

Very Olde St. Nick Rare Bourbon
“Rare Private Stock”
12 Years Old, 114.3 Barrel Proof
1990’s Release, Even Kulsveen
Swiss Export, Paul Ullrich AG

IMG_5258Very Olde St. Nick is a brand of extra-aged bourbon that has come from many different sources over the past 30 years of its existence. The brand was created in 1984 to capitalize on the extra-aged bourbon trend in Japan and Europe. At that time, Julian Van Winkle provided the bourbon and bottled Olde St. Nick at his facilities in Lawrenceburg, KY.

Eventually, Julian ran out of old bourbon and the brand began to be bottled by Even Kulsveen of Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD) using Heaven Hill stock. KBD bottles a variety of highly sought after brands such as the Willet Family Estate Bourbon.

Currently, VOSN is very hard to find and most of the bottles are dusties. It appears that VOSN, like many other export-only sourced-whiskey brands, has stopped production as the market for sourced-bourbon has become tight. Recently, Frank-Lin Distillers have taken over the sourcing and bottling of Olde St. Nick and plan to bring it to the U.S. market.