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(WTAE)   Man charged with drinking $102,000 worth of pre-Prohibition whiskey held for court, and in high esteem by the FARK community at large   (wtae.com ) divider line
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2013-07-17 05:01:10 PM  
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-07-17 05:02:44 PM  
Will he be punished by catapult?
 
2013-07-17 05:02:53 PM  
Check out Larceny Bourbon.

/Neat backstory, and pretty tasty!
 
2013-07-17 05:03:39 PM  
"Saunders said that the whiskey probably evaporated and being that old, it was probably no good," Pritts wrote.

Obviously false, or he's an alcoholic.
 
2013-07-17 05:04:49 PM  
I don't know if I'd want to drink 100 year old whiskey. Although, if it was kept right; it might be ok.
 
2013-07-17 05:06:17 PM  
woo hoo i'm drinking my salary!!

www.thedrinksbusiness.com
 
2013-07-17 05:06:53 PM  

miss diminutive: Will he be punished by catapult?


"Send him home to Mama, boys."
 
2013-07-17 05:08:25 PM  

iheartscotch: I don't know if I'd want to drink 100 year old whiskey. Although, if it was kept right; it might be ok.


You need to revise your handle. Although "iheartonlyneworproperlypreservedscotch" doesn't have the same ring.
 
2013-07-17 05:10:14 PM  
I read TFA a buncha times and I'm still not completely clear on what happened. It almost sounds like the property owner knew the booze was there but I'm not exactly certain.

If I'm renting a house and I find something hidden in the wall, who does it legally belong to?
 
2013-07-17 05:11:11 PM  
I like my whiskey like I like my women: 101 years old and mixed up with coke.
 
2013-07-17 05:11:27 PM  
In a row?
 
2013-07-17 05:11:35 PM  
a search warrant was issued for Saunders' DNA sample.

That's the only crime committed here.
 
2013-07-17 05:12:51 PM  

Jument: If I'm renting a house and I find something hidden in the wall, who does it legally belong to?


The ghost?
 
2013-07-17 05:13:19 PM  

Jument: I read TFA a buncha times and I'm still not completely clear on what happened. It almost sounds like the property owner knew the booze was there but I'm not exactly certain.

If I'm renting a house and I find something hidden in the wall, who does it legally belong to?


Sounds like they found it, stored it in the basement. Then they rented out the basement to a family friend who drank it all and then denied it.
 
2013-07-17 05:13:53 PM  
Extra-aged?
 
2013-07-17 05:17:19 PM  
FTA:
Hill had rented the basement apartment to John Saunders, 62, who will head to trial on charges he consumed 52 bottles of the historic whiskey.
...
A whiskey appraiser in New York City said the retail value of the missing whiskey is around $102,400. Pritts requested restitution in the amount of the full retail value.

Good luck with that from the guy living in the basement...
 
2013-07-17 05:19:15 PM  
Scratch liver off his donor card.
 
2013-07-17 05:20:46 PM  
This has been on fark before.

I had some whiskey that wasn't stored well but wasn't ever opened for about 40 years in a basement. It still tasted not too bad, but a new bottle of the same brand is better. If those bottles weren't wax sealed and had corks I'd bet the taste of basement was strong.
 
2013-07-17 05:27:05 PM  

iheartscotch: I don't know if I'd want to drink 100 year old whiskey. Although, if it was kept right; it might be ok.


if it were still in the cask, absolutely.

/i'm happy with a 16 yo lagavulin
//or a 10 yo ardbeg
 
2013-07-17 05:28:33 PM  

uncleacid: Scratch liver off his donor card.


He is of no use to me.
 
2013-07-17 05:29:35 PM  

Your Black Muslim Credit Union: This has been on fark before.


It has been.

It's the exact same article, as far as I can tell. I already reported it as a repeat.
 
2013-07-17 05:35:14 PM  

Misch: Your Black Muslim Credit Union: This has been on fark before.

It has been.

It's the exact same article, as far as I can tell. I already reported it as a repeat.


So is this thread like that TNG episode where they get stuck in a time loop and keep doing the same thing over again with no recollections or consequences?

Because if so, let's get wild.
 
2013-07-17 05:37:59 PM  
Way to raise the bar, bro!
 
2013-07-17 05:52:17 PM  

FlashHarry: iheartscotch: I don't know if I'd want to drink 100 year old whiskey. Although, if it was kept right; it might be ok.

if it were still in the cask, absolutely.

/i'm happy with a 16 yo lagavulin
//or a 10 yo ardbeg


In the cask it might be bad. AFAIK whiskey continues to age in the cask. 100 years of wood aging might be too much. There would be a certain amount of air transport and exposure through the wood that whole time. Also AFAIK, once it is bottled aging stops. After 100 years (if well-sealed) it would probably still be ok. Eventually it's going to change and go bad though, even sealed in a bottle.
 
2013-07-17 05:57:37 PM  

iheartscotch: I don't know if I'd want to drink 100 year old whiskey. Although, if it was kept right; it might be ok.


It's a shame that it wasn't barrelled for that length of time.  Evaporative issues aside, that's a whiskey I'd like to try.
 
2013-07-17 05:58:13 PM  

jst3p: Jument: I read TFA a buncha times and I'm still not completely clear on what happened. It almost sounds like the property owner knew the booze was there but I'm not exactly certain.

If I'm renting a house and I find something hidden in the wall, who does it legally belong to?

Sounds like they found it, stored it in the basement. Then they rented out the basement to a family friend who drank it all and then denied it.


Well, that's seems idiotic. Who leaves $100k worth of anything in a basement that they rent to someone? I wouldn't trust my own mother with access to $100k of easily damaged (or drinkable) property if I could trivially move it to a safer location.
 
2013-07-17 06:04:58 PM  

Jument: In the cask it might be bad. AFAIK whiskey continues to age in the cask. 100 years of wood aging might be too much.


a fair point. though what's the oldest available whisky? i think there's a 50 yo balvenie out there for beaucoup bucks. has anyone ever tried a 100 yo whisky?
 
2013-07-17 06:09:02 PM  

Jument: FlashHarry: iheartscotch: I don't know if I'd want to drink 100 year old whiskey. Although, if it was kept right; it might be ok.

if it were still in the cask, absolutely.

/i'm happy with a 16 yo lagavulin
//or a 10 yo ardbeg

In the cask it might be bad. AFAIK whiskey continues to age in the cask. 100 years of wood aging might be too much. There would be a certain amount of air transport and exposure through the wood that whole time. Also AFAIK, once it is bottled aging stops. After 100 years (if well-sealed) it would probably still be ok. Eventually it's going to change and go bad though, even sealed in a bottle.


Truth
 
2013-07-17 06:09:52 PM  
I'm hoping that isn't before adjusted for inflation.
 
2013-07-17 06:15:17 PM  
Why would we hold him in esteem? He stole whiskey, that's a hangin'.
 
2013-07-17 06:26:24 PM  
Gotcha, no drinking the basement whisky. Also reliably informed not to touch any casks of Amontilado found in catacombs, damp or not.
 
2013-07-17 06:32:10 PM  

Jument: I read TFA a buncha times and I'm still not completely clear on what happened. It almost sounds like the property owner knew the booze was there but I'm not exactly certain.

If I'm renting a house and I find something hidden in the wall, who does it legally belong to?


Same here. TFA isnt clear and is poorly worded.
 
2013-07-17 06:39:54 PM  

Jument: I read TFA a buncha times and I'm still not completely clear on what happened. It almost sounds like the property owner knew the booze was there but I'm not exactly certain.

If I'm renting a house and I find something hidden in the wall, who does it legally belong to?


Yeah, I am renting a house and they had all these copper pipes hidden in the walls. So I sold them for scrap, I can do that right?
 
2013-07-17 06:46:34 PM  
That booze belonged in a museum!
 
2013-07-17 07:20:02 PM  

miss diminutive: Misch: Your Black Muslim Credit Union: This has been on fark before.

It has been.

It's the exact same article, as far as I can tell. I already reported it as a repeat.

So is this thread like that TNG episode where they get stuck in a time loop and keep doing the same thing over again with no recollections or consequences?

Because if so, let's get wild.


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2013-07-17 07:33:35 PM  
Does whiskey get to old once bottled?
 
2013-07-17 07:42:47 PM  

Misch: Your Black Muslim Credit Union: This has been on fark before.

It has been.

It's the exact same article, as far as I can tell. I already reported it as a repeat.


folowup tag?
/151st green 4 me
 
2013-07-17 07:51:06 PM  

jst3p: Jument: I read TFA a buncha times and I'm still not completely clear on what happened. It almost sounds like the property owner knew the booze was there but I'm not exactly certain.

If I'm renting a house and I find something hidden in the wall, who does it legally belong to?

Yeah, I am renting a house and they had all these copper pipes hidden in the walls. So I sold them for scrap, I can do that right?


That made me LOL. However, I would argue that copper pipes are an integral part of a house and as such ownership is obvious. Whiskey is not an integral part of the house. Wait... in my house it sort of it. Never mind. Drink!
 
2013-07-17 08:00:22 PM  

FlashHarry: Jument: In the cask it might be bad. AFAIK whiskey continues to age in the cask. 100 years of wood aging might be too much.

a fair point. though what's the oldest available whisky? i think there's a 50 yo balvenie out there for beaucoup bucks. has anyone ever tried a 100 yo whisky?


cdn.thewhiskybarrel.com

Oldest available affordable whisky.
 
2013-07-17 08:08:37 PM  
http://www.bornrich.com/glenlivet-70-year-worlds-oldest-single-malt-w h isky-auction.html

I'm not sure if it was actually aged for 70 years or if it's just been 70 years since it was first casked. TFA is unclear (to me). Not affordable unless you like burning money, of course.
 
2013-07-17 08:15:50 PM  

spawn73: Does whiskey get to old once bottled?


Yes, even the bottling process cannot stop the Wheel of TIme.

But seriously, I think I read somewhere that high proof liquor holds up pretty well as long as it's not exposed to oxygen (i.e., if it's unopened) however, there's the possibility that the spirits could dissolve the cork which would cause it to take on whatever funk the cork tastes like while at the same time exposing it to oxygen. So, I guess it really depends on how well the corks held up.
 
2013-07-17 08:19:26 PM  
We still have two bottles of Panther Piss (that's what the label on the bottle actually says, complete with a panther in a top hat). We could probably get good money for it if we had papers.
 
2013-07-17 09:14:08 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: FlashHarry: Jument: In the cask it might be bad. AFAIK whiskey continues to age in the cask. 100 years of wood aging might be too much.

a fair point. though what's the oldest available whisky? i think there's a 50 yo balvenie out there for beaucoup bucks. has anyone ever tried a 100 yo whisky?

[cdn.thewhiskybarrel.com image 500x500]

Oldest available affordable whisky.


$564.95 on lovescotch.com. I suppose that counts as "affordable", in the sense you wouldn't have to take out a second mortgage, but it's an awful lot for late-night drunken texting.
 
2013-07-17 09:26:59 PM  
CSB time...

My wife's grandfather died a few weeks ago. Alzheimer's was sinking his brain. He passed away before it got too terribly heartrending. He was a really good man; I had the good fortune of meeting him a few times, and he did an excellent job raising his three kids.

He was also a pharmacist. His eldest son discovered a bottle among his possessions:

i44.tinypic.com

The side of the box was marked "For medicinal use only". Per markings on the label it was barreled in 1916, bottled in 1929, and then sealed for the better part of a century.

You're damn right we all drank it to the last drop after the memorial service.

Here's to The Pharmacist.
 
2013-07-17 10:44:42 PM  

Jument: I read TFA a buncha times and I'm still not completely clear on what happened. It almost sounds like the property owner knew the booze was there but I'm not exactly certain.

If I'm renting a house and I find something hidden in the wall, who does it legally belong to?


The defendant was renting an apartment in the basement in the house. Which means the whiskey belongs to the property owners, but I suspect that it would still belong to the property owners if the guy was renting the entire house from them.
 
2013-07-17 10:54:04 PM  

FlashHarry: Jument: In the cask it might be bad. AFAIK whiskey continues to age in the cask. 100 years of wood aging might be too much.

a fair point. though what's the oldest available whisky? i think there's a 50 yo balvenie out there for beaucoup bucks. has anyone ever tried a 100 yo whisky?


Haha. Listen to this guy. Asking Farkers if they've had a 100 yr old whiskey. Why not ask if they like their money trees, too? High quality round these parts is PBR.
 
2013-07-17 11:19:30 PM  

Jument: I read TFA a buncha times and I'm still not completely clear on what happened. It almost sounds like the property owner knew the booze was there but I'm not exactly certain.

If I'm renting a house and I find something hidden in the wall, who does it legally belong to?


and this?

"It's a shame it took historic whiskey to realize and come to this point, but if it saved his life, maybe that's the best of it all."

Was it magic whiskey? Did it cure cancer? Did he stop drinking?
 
2013-07-18 12:32:48 AM  

FlashHarry: iheartscotch: I don't know if I'd want to drink 100 year old whiskey. Although, if it was kept right; it might be ok.

if it were still in the cask, absolutely.

/i'm happy with a 16 yo lagavulin
//or a 10 yo ardbeg


I don't like whisky. Or I didn't, until the other night.

I was out drinking with a friend, and we saw a bottle of Ardbeg sitting behind the bar.  He's a whisky fan, and hadn't had it before, so he ordered a shot.

That stuff is delicious!  We spent the next half hour or so sipping on that shot.  I still don't like most whisky, but now I have an exception.
 
2013-07-18 12:57:16 AM  

FlashHarry: though what's the oldest available whisky? i think there's a 50 yo balvenie out there for beaucoup bucks. has anyone ever tried a 100 yo whisky?


I know where you can get some.
 
2013-07-18 03:37:23 AM  

miss diminutive: iheartscotch: I don't know if I'd want to drink 100 year old whiskey. Although, if it was kept right; it might be ok.

You need to revise your handle. Although "iheartonlyneworproperlypreservedscotch" doesn't have the same ring.


Indeed, that would not have the same ring to it; I prefer 20 year-oldscotch with ice, just like my women...

/ whiskey doesn't age the same as wine; if it's done well, it's great, if not, it's not desirable
 
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