Re: C J CROCKER
Sorry to disappoint you all but C.J. CROCKER was not a Bourbon or even a Whiskey, it was in fact flavoured rum.
How do I know, well I was the first Brand Manager for Crocker. It was produced by International Distillers and Vintners and we hand bottled and labled it in our Bishop Stortford Laboratory. We wanted a product that had all the credence of whisky but be easy drinking. The model for taste was Jack Daniels and Coke. The main flavouring was vanilla.
It was called the American Spike, which we derived from the C.J. Crocker name as this person was the guy who financed the Railroad across North America. The Railroad was completed by joining the Line in the West to that in the East and this happened with a big ceremony where Mr. Crocker dove in the last spike which was made of Gold. The whisky qualities were all inferred but never mentioned.
The product struggled to get distribution and then later Brand managers decided to admit it was Rum and that was the death knell, as Rum was very unfashionable then.
If you want to taste the product now, then an exact taste replica is available and successful now, it is called Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, it is exactly the same product.
Hope this helps, I have only just joined this site, so hence the lateness of this answer.