Old Charter is yet another bourbon brand dating back to the nineteenth century (don't they all?). Post-prohibition it was made at the Bernheim distillery. In the '70s and '80s, Bernheim was best known for Old Charter and I.W. Harper. Eventually, Diageo (then United Distillers) sold the distillery to Heaven Hill and the Old Charter label to Buffalo Trace, which continues to make it today.
The Old Charter I'm sampling today is a seven year old, 86 proofer. It doesn't have a number on the bottom of the bottle but the fact that it has a tax stamp and uses a metric measurement (it's a 375 ml bottle) would place it in the early 1980s.
Old Charter, 7 years old, 86 proof (43% abv.)
The nose is really nice with vanilla and marzipan. The palate is less complex with a general sweetness but not a lot of flavor. There's a quick flash of those dessert flavors from the nose, but then they're gone. Late in the palate it has some wood and gets a bit chewy which is nice but as soon as you start to enjoy that, it's gone and your left with a vaguely oaky finish. This one is not bad but certainly nothing I'd be tempted to reach for if I had other choices.