While at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, I met Edgar Harden who has a company buying and selling vintage spirits. If you hear a Jay-Z lyric, “drinkin Jim Beam from a bowling pin like they did in ’53,” on his next album you’ll know that he has consulted the Old Spirits Company. I had the opportunity to taste from these old bottles. The product remains generally in tact, while the alcohol diminishes. It tastes like the stuff you tasted when you were 13 and you raided your parents liquor cabinet that contained your mom’s collection of tiny bottles from the airplane. Well, at least that was what it was like for me. Some people buy these to commemorate anniversaries, or some special events. Others buy them because they are collectible and hard to find. Many of the bottles were created for promotional reasons back in the 50s. Bowling was very popular then, and Jim Beam produced this pin shaped bottle, complete with molded plastic top and pouring device. This bottle, complete with original contents will run you £250. Vintage spirits can sell for over $20,000 for 18th century cognacs. Should you start your own collection, make sure to store your spirits in a dark basement, and dark glass bottles will hold up better than the clear ones.