Century-Old Whiskey Found in Attic
“Like a fine wine, you get better with time” may be one of the cheesiest pick-up lines in history. But it is true, the oldest wines are the best wines. And while you may not actually get better with time, some alcohol does, including whiskey. Bryan Fite found out just how much better whiskey gets when he discovered thirteen one-hundred-year old bottles in his attic.
While preparing to install a central air-conditioning unit, Fite came across some oddly shaped items that he thought were part of a pipe system. Upon further inspection, he realized these containers were not pipes but were bottles, all full of whiskey.
Being distilled between 1912 and 1913, the whiskey is nearly a century old. Included in the collection were four bottles of Hellman’s celebrated Old Crow; the rest were an assortment of Guckenheimer, Pennsylvania Rye, and W.H. McBrayer’s Cedar Brook.
What kind of person would leave behind perfectly good bottles of whiskey? Fite decided to find out; and after some research, he discovered an alcoholic used to live in the house around the time the whiskey was made. His love for drinking is what led him to leave the bottles behind, as he was forced to move out of the house and into a sanitarium for alcoholism.
While the economy has been down and interest in aged alcohol has declined, whiskey seems to be the exception. As we stated in a previous post, whiskey can go for as much as $200,000. Part of this growth in whiskey sales is due to the United States legalizing its sale in auction houses. Americans aren’t the only ones buying it, either. Wealthy people in Russia and China frequently purchase expensive art, wine, and whiskey from the U.S.
Fite isn’t sure how much his bottles are worth yet. Although the whiskey was distilled in 1912 and 1913, it wasn’t bottled until 1917, which means they officially turn one hundred years old in 2017. Fite plans to wait until then to drink them, fearing they won’t taste as good if he opens them now.
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