Prohibition spirit is alive and well in the secondary US whiskey market, according to Edgar Harden, the founder of the London-based Old Spirits Company. “Business is still largely conducted in private, which is what makes it fun and interesting, whereas Scotch is much more blue chip,” he says.
Harden co-curates the collection of whisky enthusiast Claude Robillard, and the pair recently bought this 12-year-old Prohibition-era rye whiskey (about £1,500) that was produced under the Mount Vernon label, which was founded by George Washington. “Until I met Edgar,” says Robillard, “it didn’t even occur to me that I could get hold of such a thing.”
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