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Old 01-14-2007, 05:38 PM   #1
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95 year old bottle of whiskey

We have a pint bottle of "Old Murphy" Whiskey from 1912. A friend of my Dads found a case of it under the porch of his house and gave it to him many years ago. The seal was intact & the Gentleman that found the case had tasted it with no ill effects. My brother had been keeping it, unfortunately he stored it on its side & the cork failed so most of the whiskey was lost, about a third of a pint is left. We officially opened it this past Christmas Eve and had a few sips, it tasted great, smooth and kind of flowery. We still have a bit left for next Christmas.

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Old 01-14-2007, 06:12 PM   #2
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That is awesome... I can only imagine how smooth it was...

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Old 01-14-2007, 06:39 PM   #3
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That is great and I can imagine how smooth it is.
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Old 01-14-2007, 07:15 PM   #4
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The location of the distillery is what I think is today's Makers Mark location...but don't believe they made it...I am surprised that with cork failure it had not all evaperated...Quite a treasure...probably can get top dollar from a collector for just the bottle!
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Old 01-14-2007, 07:30 PM   #5
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Would have liked to have been there to also have a sip.
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Old 01-14-2007, 07:45 PM   #6
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The location of the distillery is what I think is today's Makers Mark location...but don't believe they made it...I am surprised that with cork failure it had not all evaperated...Quite a treasure...probably can get top dollar from a collector for just the bottle!
Yeah, I'd check out that bottle on ebay - could get a few dollars for it!

I am pretty sure this whiskey was manufactured at the distillery that is now known as Maker's Mark. Its located in Loretto KY and there was another distillery operating at the Maker's property back in the 1800s.
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Old 01-14-2007, 08:21 PM   #7
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You guys sure are quick. You're dead on about the distillery. I just scanned the community policies & I think I'm ok posting a link to this bourbon forum. There's some interesting speculation about the bottle & its contents.

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There was some evaporation prior to the cork failure. We decided to drink it (slowly) rather than let the rest evaporate. I'm sure it would have taken years. My Dad always said he'd drink it when he retired but He never did so we had a sip or two for him
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ooooooooooooooooooo...very cool.
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you make a young aspiring alcoholic very jealous...
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:59 PM   #10
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What a find. Although with the cork comprimized, chances are the alcohol could be gone leaving behind a whisky flavored water, I had a similar experience with 3 gallons of whisky I had acquired many years ago. I had bottles it in wine bottles and some 15 or so years later when I found it in a box I had stored, it had turned to whisky light with no alcohol to burn. The whiskey in the bottle you have does have a nice rich color compared to my experience.

Also Bourbons and whiskys in general only get smoother unless they are in the charred oak barrel unlike wines which continue to mellow and change during thier lifetime.

I am sure there are collectors in Loretto that would be very interested in this bottle especially with some of the contents still inside and the general condition looking good. Loretto KY is like the bourbon capital and home to many distilleries. If you gat a chance you should visit. There are times when you can smell the sweet bourbons aging in the barns around the area and a rich history.
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