James Patrick Meehan Bourbon Collection; The First Four

Sole Agent Spirits is honored to represent the James Patrick Meehan collection of American Whiskey. The first four bottles are all featured below as is information about James, how he came into possession of them and storage information authored by his grand daughter Kara Wagner:

Very Old Fitzgerald 8 Years Old, Dist. 1945 Bottled 1953, 4/5 Quart, 50% ABV

Very Old Fitzgerald 8 Years Old, Dist. 1945 Bottled 1953, 4/5 Quart, 50% ABV

Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6 Years Old, Released in 1955, 1 Quart, 50% ABV

Old Fitzgerald Bonded 6 Years Old, Released in 1955, 1 Quart, 50% ABV

James Patrick “JP” Meehan was the oldest of seven children, and was the father figure of his large, boisterous Irish-Catholic family. A working man, he began working at Montgomery Ward’s warehouse as a teenager and rose through the ranks and retired as the warehouse manager in the late 1980’s. Supplier/vendor gift giving and holiday parties were a way of life “back then” and JP acquired a collection of bottles over the years. A man with a great sweet tooth, he preferred ice cream or cake any day over a beer or spirit.

A few years ago his wife Edith passed away and until 2016 their Chicago bungalow remained unchanged from its original state. The extended family began cleaning out hidden closets and wardrobes and stumbled upon a collection of roughly 10 bottles of spirits. These gems were tucked neatly away in a dark corner of a wardrobe, hidden behind Christmas wrapping paper. Given that holiday parties were often hosted at their home, neither Edith or JP were drinkers, they likely hid these strong spirits from the rest of the family.

Old Taylor 6 Year Old, 4/5 Quart, 43% ABV, Released in 1974

Old Taylor 6 Year Old, 4/5 Quart, 43% ABV, Released in 1974

Old Grandad 5 Year Old Decanter, Dist in 1950 Bottled in 1955, 4/5 Quart, 50% ABV

Old Grandad 5 Year Old Decanter, Dist in 1950 Bottled in 1955, 4/5 Quart, 50% ABV

 

 

These four bottles were stored in an almost hidden, climate controlled corner of their home and were inevitably generous gifts received by my grandfather years and years ago.

-Kara Wagner