ABA Auction #53
HOPATKONG WHISKEY J.C. HESS & CO PHILA. 10” With applied band and smooth base. These interesting whiskeys are one of the few that come in cobalt blue. This example came from the Sandor Fuss collection. Sandor is very particular about the condition of the bottles he collects. To our knowledge this is believed to be possibly the only perfect specimen known. If you are reading this and you disagree because you have either seen or own a perfect example, you will have to forgive us. However, in the many years we’ve dealt with bottles, the few of these we’ve seen all had problems. As for that condition, we are adopting a new term for any bottles consigned by Mr. Fuss and that is, “Fuss Proof.” That simply means that if it came from his collection, you can be assured that if it is not flawless, it is as close to “perfect” as possible. This has a series of varying blue striations throughout the bottle. Grades 9.8. Our first Fuss example and one that can be considered rare if not impossible to find in this condition.