Bourbon and Cookies

What’s the connection between Bourbon and Cookies?

Two great collector pieces, that’s what! A really delightful decanter and a cookie jar for ‘space enthusiasts.’

Old Cabin Still 1969 Hillbilly Decanter

bottom label on Hillybilly 1969 Cabin Still Bourbon Decanter
Cabin Still Collector’s Gallery 1969 “Old Hillbilly” Decanter

Do you know what makes the difference between Bourbon and Whiskey?

…all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.¬†

What makes bourbon distinct from other whiskeys is the way it is manufactured and aged. All whiskey is spirit made from fermented grain and then aged in barrels. But the kind of grain and the kind of barrels determines the variety of whiskey. Per the¬†American Bourbon Association, in order to be classified as bourbon, a whiskey needs to be distilled from a mixture of grains, or mash, that’s at least 51 percent corn. That corn gives bourbon its distinctive sweet flavor.¬†

from FOODandWine.com
Old Hillbilly - Old Cabin Still 1969
Old Cabin Still 1969 Kentucky Bourbon Decanter – Old Hillbilly

… and the cookie – Friendship 7?

This beautiful 2-pc black pottery McCoy cookie jar, shaped like the Mercury capsule, is from 1962, commemorating the “Space Era’ and the “Friendship 7 Mercury Capsule.” Do you want to know what’s really exciting about this piece? There is actually one in the collections at the National Air and Space Museum!

Friendship 7 McCoy Cookie Jar – 1962

This cookie jar shaped like John Glenn’s Friendship 7 Mercury capsule was produced by McCoy Pottery between 1962 and 1968. McCoy cookie jars in various novelty shapes were available for sale in “five and dime” stores and department stores such as JCPenney’s. The popularity of this Mercury capsule cookie jar was a part of the space craze of the early 1960s, an outpouring of public enthusiasm generated by NASA’s first human spaceflight successes.

from National Air and Space museum

Now you know, these are two unique collectibles that just might be the perfect gift for Christmas. It’s never too early to be gathering the perfect gifts for the special people on your list. Stop in and see these two pieces for yourself. And as always, you can bet we’ll be watchin’ for ya!