Q: Years ago, I took a chance and won a “basket of cheer” at a church bazaar. I still have one of the unopened bottles from that basket. It’s a bottle of Benedictine liqueur with a red seal on the front and a label that says “D.O.M.” and “86 proof.” I figure it’s an antique and would like to sell it, but I don’t know how to go about it.
A: Benedictine is an herbal liqueur that has been produced in France since the 1860s. “D.O.M.” has been its motto since the beginning and stands for “Deo Optimo Maximo,” which can be translated as “Praise be to God, most good, most great.” Bacardi owns the brand today. Your bottle is not an antique, since it has to date from after the end of Prohibition in the United States. But it was bottled before the liqueur’s alcohol content was lowered to 80 proof. U.S. liquor laws come into play when you want to sell a full bottle of an alcoholic beverage, even a bottle some might consider collectible. Some national auctions hold special whiskey auctions every year. Unless you just spread the word among your friends and acquaintances to sell your bottle, you might try contacting a nationally known auction house. Your bottle might sell for $50 or more.