The benchmark brand was introduced by Seagrams in 1968, and was produced primarily at their Louisville distillery. It was offered at 80 and 86 proof. The brand moved to New Orleans when purchased by Sazerac in 1989, and eventually started to be produced at Buffalo Trace as McAfee’s Benchmark. See also the Seagrams Timeline for more info.

 

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Benchmark “American Legion” 86pf 6yr, 750ml – 1975

This is a very cool enclosure that looks like a porcelain decanter but actually contains a regular bottle. It depicts Fort Snelling in Minneapolis.

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Benchmark 86pf Louisville, 200ml, 1978

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Benchmark 86pf, Quart, 1978

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Benchmark 86pf Louisville, 200ml, 1982

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Benchmark 86pf, 750ml, 1982

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Benchmark 86pf Louisville, 750ml, 1987

 

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Benchmark 80pf 1.75L, Louisville, ~1988

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Benchmark 80pf NOLA, 750ml, 1990

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