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Posted: 7/6/2012 5:31:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/6/2012 5:34:18 AM EDT by Johnny_Reno]
To save money on the installation of central air-conditioning in his St. Joseph, Mo., home, Bryan Fite began replacing the wires in his attic, prying up the floor boards on the rafters. Along with possible savings, he found a treasure beneath the floorboards: 13 bottles of century-old whiskey.

Fite, 40, grew up in St. Joseph, and after working in Kansas City for several years, he returned to settle in his hometown in September 2011. The house he and his wife Emily Fite chose was built in the 1850s and needed work, Fite said.

The cost of installing central A/C and heat was prohibitive, he said, so he got to work in his attic. What first appeared to Fite as a set of strangely shaped insulated pipes turned out to be the secret whiskey stash of one of the house's former owners — or so goes Fite's main theory of how the liquor ended up there.

When they purchased the house, the Fites received a paper abstract detailing the history of its ownership. One of the owners, Fite said, had to give up the house when he was consigned to a sanitarium "for alcohol reasons." Fite hypothesizes that this alcoholic hid the bottles in the attic for some future occasion.



http://abcnews.go.com/US/century-whiskey-bottles-found-missouri-mans-attic/story?id=16716832
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:34:57 AM EDT
Retro Red Eye!








 
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:35:13 AM EDT
Meh. Century old cheap whiskey, while an interesting story, isn't going to be any better than the day it was bottled
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:37:42 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Breedy:
Meh. Century old cheap whiskey, while an interesting story, isn't going to be any better than the day it was bottled


True, but if the brand is dead and the time period is interesting it could be worth something and the taste could be neat.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:40:58 AM EDT
I can't imagine the heat in the attic did the taste any favors.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:41:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Marsh_Rat:
I can't imagine the heat in the attic did the taste any favors.


This. Would it still be good?
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:46:18 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:49:35 AM EDT
Mix it with some cola to flavor it.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:50:00 AM EDT
I'm sure its fine to drink...but probably wouldnt taste good. Booz from the 1800s and early 1900s was made VERY strong. Thats when the flask was actually used . Most are about equal to 2 to 3 shots which wouldn't even give a guy a buzz today, but if you took 3 shots of 190 proof alochol you sure would. I dont think taste was the issue back then
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:50:28 AM EDT
.Gov will step in and seize alcohol for " historical " reasons.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:54:06 AM EDT
One thing notable to those wondering about the actual condition of the booze...

Bottles of wine sell for thousands of dollars, even long after everyone involved agrees that the wine inside has turned to garbage.  

The guy who would buy those bottles at a collector's price would likely think the ownership of a dozen identical rifles was inexplicably odd as well.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:56:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By itsARanchrifle:
Originally Posted By Marsh_Rat:
I can't imagine the heat in the attic did the taste any favors.


This. Would it still be good?


Depends.

Click the link.

Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:56:11 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Marsh_Rat:
I can't imagine the heat in the attic did the taste any favors.


This.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:00:37 AM EDT
I'd drink it, get drunk, send a bunch of drunk text messages to chicks I know and then pass out...just like they would have done in the 1800's.
 
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:02:04 AM EDT
It would be terrible for drinking, but I imagine a collector would be all over it.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:04:44 AM EDT
Aging and heat would make the whiskey smoother if anything, but only if there is a cork in the top. Didn't you guys ever notice that the smoother whiskys are always aged longer?


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Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:05:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Subnet:
It would be terrible for drinking, but I imagine a collector would be all over it.


This is the correct answer.  Leave them intact and sell them off.

Then go buy some Lagavulin and sip away.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:05:28 AM EDT
Nearby in Weston is a local still..

McCormick Distilling, located in historic Weston, Missouri, is the oldest continuously operating distillery in the U.S.
McCormick is stronger than ever with an exciting new mix of innovative products, exceptional quality and remarkable value.
It's an unrivaled combination ––– based on nearly 150 years of experience and an ongoing commitment to the future.


J
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:06:08 AM EDT
Damn.  All I found when I remodeled my house was half a 6 pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon from the 1970's.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:06:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
One thing notable to those wondering about the actual condition of the booze...

Bottles of wine sell for thousands of dollars, even long after everyone involved agrees that the wine inside has turned to garbage.  

The guy who would buy those bottles at a collector's price would likely think the ownership of a dozen identical rifles was inexplicably odd as well.


I have a small amount of Jim Beam that was given during the 1960 Presidential Race in WV and it tastes just fine. My neighbor and I drank a half pint of it a few weeks ago and it tastes just like the stuff you buy in the store today.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:07:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:07:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Marsh_Rat:
I can't imagine the heat in the attic did the taste any favors.


Thee best whiskey is aged in the barrel houses with the most drastic weather changes.  That may or may not apply once the whiskey is bottled.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:10:19 AM EDT
Geez, the production of that story is soooo stupid.  Good job ABC
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:11:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Warhawk:
Originally Posted By Marsh_Rat:
I can't imagine the heat in the attic did the taste any favors.


Thee best whiskey is aged in the barrel houses with the most drastic weather changes.  That may or may not apply once the whiskey is bottled.


It doesn't apply, after it's been bottled.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:11:33 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 1811guy:
Damn.  All I found when I remodeled my house was half a 6 pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon from the 1970's.


I wish I could find my six pack of autographed Billy Beer.  But I think my mom threw it away while I was in the Air Force in Germany.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:14:15 AM EDT



Originally Posted By ak4784:


I'm sure its fine to drink...but probably wouldnt taste good. Booz from the 1800s and early 1900s was made VERY strong. Thats when the flask was actually used . Most are about equal to 2 to 3 shots which wouldn't even give a guy a buzz today, but if you took 3 shots of 190 proof alochol you sure would. I dont think taste was the issue back then


Where are you getting this crap?

 
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:18:31 AM EDT
Too bad he didn't find a Thompson!
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:21:47 AM EDT



Originally Posted By Alex_F:


Too bad he didn't find a Thompson!



Whats saying he didn't?



OPSEC and all that



 
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:24:59 AM EDT
If there was a market for them as the article suggests, and I could get $200+ a bottle, I'd sell all that in a heartbeat and buy some guns or suppressors.  
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 6:31:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/6/2012 6:32:17 AM EDT by ultramagbrion]
They'd look great sitting on a shelf in the living room aside some period weapons and stuff



Originally Posted By fatalerror113:

Originally Posted By Alex_F:
Too bad he didn't find a Thompson!

Whats saying he didn't?

OPSEC and all that
 



That would be an incredible find
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 8:07:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By VelveteenMole:

Originally Posted By ak4784:
I'm sure its fine to drink...but probably wouldnt taste good. Booz from the 1800s and early 1900s was made VERY strong. Thats when the flask was actually used . Most are about equal to 2 to 3 shots which wouldn't even give a guy a buzz today, but if you took 3 shots of 190 proof alochol you sure would. I dont think taste was the issue back then

Where are you getting this crap?  

He's been drinking......


Link Posted: 7/6/2012 8:12:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Breedy:
Meh. Century old cheap whiskey, while an interesting story, isn't going to be any better than the day it was bottled


Yep. bottling stops the aging process for all but wine.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 8:23:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Originally Posted By Breedy:
Meh. Century old cheap whiskey, while an interesting story, isn't going to be any better than the day it was bottled


Yep. bottling stops the aging process for all but wine.


It still ages slightly if it's in contact with the cork, it's just slowed way, way down.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 8:27:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Originally Posted By Breedy:
Meh. Century old cheap whiskey, while an interesting story, isn't going to be any better than the day it was bottled


Yep. bottling stops the aging process for all but wine.


Yeah, but it shouldn't get any worse with age. Once it's bottled, so long as the bottle is sealed and full to prevent water absorption, the whiskey never becomes anything other than whiskey. From what I understand, anyway.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 9:50:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By bigpappaferg:
Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Originally Posted By Breedy:
Meh. Century old cheap whiskey, while an interesting story, isn't going to be any better than the day it was bottled


Yep. bottling stops the aging process for all but wine.


Yeah, but it shouldn't get any worse with age. Once it's bottled, so long as the bottle is sealed and full to prevent water absorption, the whiskey never becomes anything other than whiskey. From what I understand, anyway.


That's always been my assumption, but I think having it in a blazing hot (and sometimes freezing cold) attic might change things.

Link Posted: 7/6/2012 9:59:48 AM EDT
Wow...

Back in college, I was at a party at my neighbor's house and the neighbor's older brother told me that when he had gone to college there he had known a guy that used to live in MY house next door and that guy had gone to prison for selling dope (college town? no way, dude...)

ANYHOO, he went on to tell me that local legend had it that the cops had only found a fraction of the dope that this guy had had when they busted him.

A couple hours later (and a LOT more booze...) and we were headed back to my place with all the flashlights we could scrounge and, BE DAMNED, we found about 5 lbs of pot in the attic of that old house I shit you not, broken up into about 20 gallon-sized baggies of about 1/4 lb each.

It had been in the attic of that old rent house for over 10-12 years of Oklahoma summertime 100*+ heat and mice had chewed through the baggies and looted all of the seeds (lots of empty seed hulls and copious amounts of mouse shit all through it. It was all garbage and we ended up throwing it all into the creek behind the house.

That was my closest find to "hidden treasure" even if it was all complete garbage.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 11:06:09 AM EDT
I'd drink them.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 11:10:29 AM EDT
Kinda puts the 'old' in 'old crow'.


Link Posted: 7/6/2012 1:26:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By clutchsmoke:
Aging and heat would make the whiskey smoother if anything, but only if there is a cork in the top. Didn't you guys ever notice that the smoother whiskys are always aged longer?


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Once you bottle it, aging pretty much stops.  Even corked.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 1:50:59 PM EDT


Slow news day?


Link Posted: 7/6/2012 3:57:13 PM EDT
I'd bet the guy who flies the P-51 "Old Crow" would pay a decent sum  for that one bottle...
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 4:03:24 PM EDT
Why did it have to be Old Crow?







Should be collectible, though.


 
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 4:16:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/6/2012 4:17:58 PM EDT by FDC]
There was a pretty interesting show on a few months back about finding the whiskey of some explorer...Shackleton, I think.  They pulled it out, tested it, drank some and said it was still good.

It was interesting to see some of the work that went into the testing and the identification of the flavors.  Sounds like a neat job.

ETA:  NY Times Article on Subject
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 4:22:44 PM EDT
Pretty neat time capsule.
Only way it could be cooler would be if I found it
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 4:33:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By pale_pony:
Wow...

Back in college, I was at a party at my neighbor's house and the neighbor's older brother told me that when he had gone to college there he had known a guy that used to live in MY house next door and that guy had gone to prison for selling dope (college town? no way, dude...)

ANYHOO, he went on to tell me that local legend had it that the cops had only found a fraction of the dope that this guy had had when they busted him.

A couple hours later (and a LOT more booze...) and we were headed back to my place with all the flashlights we could scrounge and, BE DAMNED, we found about 5 lbs of pot in the attic of that old house I shit you not, broken up into about 20 gallon-sized baggies of about 1/4 lb each.

It had been in the attic of that old rent house for over 10-12 years of Oklahoma summertime 100*+ heat and mice had chewed through the baggies and looted all of the seeds (lots of empty seed hulls and copious amounts of mouse shit all through it. It was all garbage and we ended up throwing it all into the creek behind the house.

That was my closest find to "hidden treasure" even if it was all complete garbage.


A couple hours, really now!
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 4:35:59 PM EDT
Old Crow? 13?



The final sign! The end is nigh!  
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:07:44 PM EDT
It is still going to be what it was when bottled-cheap, bottom level junk.

I would imagine that full whisky bottles that old are rare and most likely have a collector's value beyond the quality of the booze. I would sell them all, buy a quality aged bottle of Scotch and save the rest.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:17:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/6/2012 5:18:35 PM EDT by gwitness]
Originally Posted By LePew:
I'd bet the guy who flies the P-51 "Old Crow" would pay a decent sum  for that one bottle...


Bud Anderson......see my sig line.


I pick up a pint of Old Crow from time to time......my wife cooks with it...blackberry season and Old Crow gets me Cowboy Cobbler..
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:29:14 PM EDT
My Dad remodeled our house when I was a kid, and before he closed up the walls, he put a sixpack of bottled beer in walls.  Someone will find it someday when they tear the wall or the house down.  They don't own that house anymore.
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:32:17 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Subnet:


It would be terrible for drinking, but I imagine a collector would be all over it.


....but its not for sippin', its just fer lookin' at.



 
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 5:47:06 PM EDT
People dig up old outhouses to find whiskey bottles, some are worth thousands when empty.
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