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Whisky windfall: Man finds rare 100-year-old bottles hidden in the attic
NY Daily News ^ | July 6, 2012 | Meghan Neal

Posted on 07/06/2012 5:38:52 PM PDT by yorkie

When a Missouri man decided to install central air-conditioning and central heat in the attic of his historic house, he found much more than he bargained for.

Bryan Fite, of St. Joseph, Mo., discovered 13 bottles of century-old whisky under the floorboards in the attic of his 1850s house.

He didn't recognize his good fortune right away, thinking the bottles were tubes or oddly shaped installation pipes. But Fite soon discovered he was sitting on a goldmine of antique whisky - the bottles are likely worth several hundred dollars each, and possibly more.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


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To: namvolunteer

Ten High is real bad, too. The best use for it is to light your barbeque.


51 posted on 07/06/2012 9:52:17 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: yorkie

52 posted on 07/06/2012 9:57:14 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: wjcsux

Whisky ages in the barrel, not the bottle. And once opened,
pretty much any alcohol should be drunk within say, six months. Scotch will go bad if you don’t drink it after it’s opened.


53 posted on 07/06/2012 10:15:25 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Mmogamer

Well, if you are right, I probably have 20 bottles of ‘good’ stuff to throw down the drain. (I always thought it would stay good - for years, if the lid was on tight.)


54 posted on 07/06/2012 10:42:16 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks yorkie.


55 posted on 07/06/2012 10:50:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I’m due to refresh my WT 101 this week, maybe so. It all depends on how they were stored, and whether the contents are still OK.


56 posted on 07/07/2012 4:44:02 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: yorkie
If out of the cask...hardly a treasure.


57 posted on 07/07/2012 4:54:36 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: wjcsux

You forgot Wild Irish Rose


58 posted on 07/07/2012 7:48:10 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: yorkie

Once it’s exposed to air, it starts oxidizing.


59 posted on 07/07/2012 8:13:01 AM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: namvolunteer

***Old Crow has always been a cheap bourbon drunk by poor alcoholics.***

It was the FIRST find in this old movie about lost gold. a case of OLD CROW.

TREASURE OF THE YANKEE ZEPHYR

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082968/


60 posted on 07/07/2012 8:44:49 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks yorkie.

I wasn't going to ping this, but A) I forgot to put the message in here at all, and B) I carelessly let slip my opportunity to do yesterday's Digest, uh, yesterday. This is just an abjectly apologetic message to all that I will get around to it today.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


61 posted on 07/08/2012 8:07:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: mylife

I live in a house built in 1804. I know there’s an old privy hole somewhere in our yard - probably under the apple tree. Might be some nice old bottles and other stuff down in there somewhere!


62 posted on 07/08/2012 8:35:24 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: wrench

Distilled spirits have an unlimited shelf life.

&&&
How about if they have been opened once or twice and then capped? Still good? If not, I am in trouble.


63 posted on 07/08/2012 10:46:29 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: wjcsux

LOL! I think maybe a little longer than that, but not by much. My dear old Dad invented Thunderbird, and then moved on to Night Train. Also came up with Ripple a few years later.

And no, I won’t tell you his name, but I will say that he was the original winemaker for what was to become the biggest winery in the world. Worked for them for sixty years, until his death.


64 posted on 07/08/2012 10:54:37 AM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! ! ..)
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To: MHGinTN

If it’s all the same brand and age, the owner could use one bottle for research puproses to establish the likely quality of the others!


65 posted on 07/08/2012 12:26:32 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
There are a couple of bottles buried under the floor of Ft Yuma that were put there, along with other stuff when the fort was abandoned. The Nat’l Park Service refuses to let a dig take place for it.

My bet is that cache has been looted by its protectors by now!

66 posted on 07/08/2012 12:34:57 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BradyLS
I don't drink bourbon, but with something this old, I'd volunteer to help taste test it! I used to make a pretty good Mint Julip years ago.
67 posted on 07/08/2012 12:37:14 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: mylife

I found a projectile point from ~9,000 BC (Folsom). :P I was working as an archaeologist at the time, but it was just sitting on the ground.


68 posted on 07/08/2012 3:53:39 PM PDT by Betis70
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To: sneakers

There ya go.


69 posted on 07/08/2012 4:39:43 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: sneakers; SunkenCiv
"Might be some nice old bottles and other stuff down in there somewhere!"

One of my colleagues (now deceased) used to claim the privy for his "square" when we were on a historic-site dig. He said that was where "all the good stuff" was.

Funny thing: he always wound up smelling like "the other stuff"...

We always put him downwind at lunch time... '-)

70 posted on 07/08/2012 6:35:29 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: TXnMA

LOL! “The other stuff” is long gone by now! A man came into my office, several years ago, with a photo of a jug he found in an old privy hole. Blue-grey with three X’s on it. He said it was extremely collectible and worth a great deal of money. Of course, I expect I’d only find bottles, maybe coins, buttons and whatever the kids would throw down in there! There were other privies on the property, but most too recent (the last privy was torn down and hole filled in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s). No way I’d touch that. The one that’s probably under the old apple tree would be the original from 1804.

I’m too old to be digging anyway, but if that tree ever comes down (and it’s due to be chopped down), I’ll find a young’un who likes treasure hunting to help dig it up! Maybe I can contact “American Diggers”!


71 posted on 07/08/2012 7:01:03 PM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: yorkie

Yeah. I realize that the horse has left the barn, but white wines do not age so well as red.

Hubby found an old bottle of white wine a few weeks ago among the “empty” moving boxes in our cellar. It was actually not quite bad, but it was close.


72 posted on 07/08/2012 7:12:00 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Betis70

“I found a projectile point from ~9,000 BC (Folsom).”

How did you date it?


73 posted on 07/08/2012 10:37:25 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc

Projectile points are like fashion, except they rarely come back into fashion. This is one of the better known paleo-indian points, with very secure dating using C-14.

No other projectile point on the planet looks like a Folsom point. There are some that have similar characteristics, but none that would be mistaken for it, even at a glance.

Compare:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folsom_point

With an earlier Paleo point:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clovis_point


74 posted on 07/09/2012 7:25:34 AM PDT by Betis70
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To: SunkenCiv

This guy is from St. Joseph, Missouri, in the Northwest part of the state on the Missouri River. Although St. Joes was technically not in Little Dixie, the region to the North of the River was generally settled by people from the Upper South. There were whiskey distilleries in the area. One, McCormick’s, still survives in nearby Weston.


75 posted on 07/09/2012 1:55:58 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: TXnMA

:’D


76 posted on 07/09/2012 3:14:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: colorado tanker

Thanks ct.


77 posted on 07/09/2012 3:17:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: wjcsux
I believe Thunderbird and Night Train are only aged a couple of hours.

"Aged in transit" is the scientific term you're looking for.

78 posted on 07/10/2012 6:34:37 AM PDT by Founding Father (The Pedophile moHAMmudd (PBUH---Pigblood be upon him))
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