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Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter Review (Complete Guide)

Oct 28, 2019

Glencairn Whiskey Glass
#bondedbeamDetails
DistilledKentucky
ProductionSmall batch
Age8 Years Old
CooperageNew, Charred Oak Barrels
Proof100°
ABV50%
Distillery James B. Beam Distilling
ProsComplex and Balanced
ConsNone
Rating95
InventoryCollect and Drink

Whiskey has seen several rise and falls. World War II causes a dip in whiskey production and therefore sales and in the 70s whiskey took a hit as Vodka started to boom and people preferred lighter spirits. These Bonded Beam 1963 Decanters were one strategy to drive interest.

Beam survived each dip but one strategy distillers embraced to attract customers during these dips was decanters and Beam went all in. If you do a quick google search, you’ll find a plethora of dusty Beam decanters that range in style.

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Bonded Beam History

Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter

Michael R. Veach, Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author, says,

“In the 1960s ceramic figure decanters became popular. These were truly mass produced with thousands of them being sold. Beam was a leader in these decanters.”

Related: Fred Minnick’s “Collectable Bourbon Bottles Make Comeback in 2013

This particular bourbon whiskey is a 63 Bonded Beam and comes in an ornate glass decanter. From my research, these decanters were popular from the 60s into the 70s and came in a variety of colors (see photo above). Bonded Beam is 100 proof.

I wasn’t able to find much more information about the Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter. If you have additional information, please comment at the bottom of the post.

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Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter Review

Bonded Beam 1963 is dark rust with thin, quick leg.

Nose

I popped the top of the Boston bottle and my olfactory senses lit up — Booker’s Bourbon. Now obviously a lot has changed since 1963. But the nose screamed rich caramel, buttery popcorn, and dried red fruit. Toasted wood. It was all perfectly balanced.

Taste

The palate doesn’t disappoint. Complex and balanced. When I start to lift the glass to drink, the Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter hits me with ethanol which transitioned into a splash of sweet apples dipped in caramel sauce.

The mid-palate got savory quick — charred marshmallows, toasted bacon spices, and oak. After it’s all said and done, there’s a lingering red pepper tingle on the tongue.

Finish

Amazing finish. It’s not a palate killer, but it’s definitely baking spice, tobacco, black pepper, and oak and it lingers pleasantly.

Verdict

If you can find one at an estate sale or a store that sells vintage whiskeys, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter. Pricing on the high end should be in the $200-$300 range.

The Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter has complexity and flavor and that reminds me of Booker. What did we miss in our Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter review? Leave a comment below.

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About Matty Sims

Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, Thrive Global and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys. He has also created single barrel stickers for Bourbon Pursuit and Total Wine.
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