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(CNN)   Couple finds more than 66 bottles of Prohibition-era whiskey hidden in the walls of their New York home. Couple's got this. Happy Thanksgiving   (cnn.com) divider line
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2020-11-26 12:18:05 PM  
21 votes:
Again?!  This guy has found whiskey every few months for the last year or so.
 
2020-11-26 12:12:12 PM  
16 votes:
Best to use it for disinfecting, I wouldn't drink that on a dare.
 
2020-11-26 1:21:13 PM  
11 votes:
Test at least 1 bottle for lead before you start chugging.
 
2020-11-26 4:20:02 PM  
10 votes:
More than 66? So... 67?
 
2020-11-26 1:40:25 PM  
8 votes:

Purple_Urkle: Test at least 1 bottle for lead before you start chugging.


Prohibition era, could be formaldehyde for all you know.
 
2020-11-26 4:29:05 PM  
6 votes:
There's got to be a way to test it

Either way, sell it all and cover the costs of your renovation
 
2020-11-26 12:46:50 PM  
6 votes:
Even when new, that stuff would have been gutrot.

Pass
 
2020-11-26 6:09:26 PM  
5 votes:

xanadian: Gubbo: Even when new, that stuff would have been gutrot.

Pass

FTFA:  The liquor is a brand of Scottish whiskey labeled Old Smuggler Gaelic whiskey, which is still made today.

I would think that a distillery that's allegedly been around for at least 90 years wouldn't just make "gutrot," but I guess it's possible.

Still wouldn't trust it outright, though.  Even if it were still "good," the brand "Old Smuggler" elicits thoughts of the quality you'd find from such brands as "Thunderbird," "Orloff," etc.


Interestingly enough European whiskey, even cheap whiskey, would be relatively leas free because it was known everywhere by the 1920s that lead was dangerous, but the one country that refused to acknowledge this and prohibit the use of lead was the US.
 
2020-11-26 5:24:17 PM  
5 votes:

punkwrestler: Lambskincoat: Best to use it for disinfecting, I wouldn't drink that on a dare.

I thought aged Whiskey was suppose to be better?


That refers to the amount of time it has been aged in barrels.
 
2020-11-26 4:42:55 PM  
5 votes:

Ker_Thwap: Purple_Urkle: Test at least 1 bottle for lead before you start chugging.

Prohibition era, could be formaldehyde for all you know.


If it was homemade hooch, yeah, but this is stuff from an actual distillery that is still in operation today.

But, stuff this old is not for drinking. It is for collecting, And according to one of the videos is valued at about $1,000 a bottle. So $66,000 if they sell it all. Heck, even if they only got $100 a bottle that is still a nice bit of change to put in your pocket.
 
2020-11-26 4:33:48 PM  
5 votes:

xanadian: Gubbo: Even when new, that stuff would have been gutrot.

Pass

FTFA:  The liquor is a brand of Scottish whiskey labeled Old Smuggler Gaelic whiskey, which is still made today.

I would think that a distillery that's allegedly been around for at least 90 years wouldn't just make "gutrot," but I guess it's possible.

Still wouldn't trust it outright, though.  Even if it were still "good," the brand "Old Smuggler" elicits thoughts of the quality you'd find from such brands as "Thunderbird," "Orloff," etc.


You're assuming it hasn't been cut with rotgut to pad profits.
 
2020-11-26 4:40:44 PM  
4 votes:
I hope they find a stash of bootlegging money with the notes in excellent condition.
 
2020-11-26 4:44:27 PM  
3 votes:

skipping non-voting comment in contest thread: Makes you wonder what happened to the people who hid it.


They actually talk about that towards the end of the article
 
2020-11-26 4:39:31 PM  
3 votes:

xanadian: Gubbo: Even when new, that stuff would have been gutrot.

Pass

FTFA:  The liquor is a brand of Scottish whiskey labeled Old Smuggler Gaelic whiskey, which is still made today.

I would think that a distillery that's allegedly been around for at least 90 years wouldn't just make "gutrot," but I guess it's possible.

Still wouldn't trust it outright, though.  Even if it were still "good," the brand "Old Smuggler" elicits thoughts of the quality you'd find from such brands as "Thunderbird," "Orloff," etc.


This page claims that brand was a favorite of counterfeiters.
 
2020-11-26 4:38:43 PM  
3 votes:
I have a bunch of prohibition whisky I pulled out of a rum-runner shipwreck. Tastes like shiat.
 
2020-11-26 4:29:24 PM  
3 votes:
It's news to CNN!
 
2020-11-26 12:37:55 PM  
3 votes:

Ker_Thwap: Again?!  This guy has found whiskey every few months for the last year or so.



And he's become exceedingly good at it.
 
mgh [TotalFark]
2020-11-26 12:27:22 PM  
3 votes:
Lol, I found numerous Whiskey bottles from just after prohibition (based on the tax stamps) in my barn..  A few even still had 'whiskey' in them..  Good display bottles, but I wouldn't drink out of one!
 
2020-11-26 6:15:11 PM  
2 votes:
Even if they're not drinkable, they'll still have value to the right buyers.

One of my French suppliers (I'm a wine importer) found a few hundred pre-WWII bottles behind a false wall in their cellar a few years ago. Lots of wineries hid their best stuff during the occupation to keep the Nazis from stealing it. It was cool and dark enough that some of the bottles were still drinkable, but they still sold most of them to collectors.
 
2020-11-26 5:11:24 PM  
2 votes:
"Oh Come on Honey, it's 2020.  Let's crack one open and Celebrate!"
Bad Idea Jeans
 
2020-11-26 5:11:00 PM  
2 votes:
What's wrong with positive news every once in a while, repeat it not.  Even if the guy won't share.
 
2020-11-26 5:09:22 PM  
2 votes:

xanadian: Gubbo: Even when new, that stuff would have been gutrot.

Pass

FTFA:  The liquor is a brand of Scottish whiskey labeled Old Smuggler Gaelic whiskey, which is still made today.

I would think that a distillery that's allegedly been around for at least 90 years wouldn't just make "gutrot," but I guess it's possible.

Still wouldn't trust it outright, though.  Even if it were still "good," the brand "Old Smuggler" elicits thoughts of the quality you'd find from such brands as "Thunderbird," "Orloff," etc.


When I read prohibition I heard moonshine
 
2020-11-26 4:43:29 PM  
2 votes:
Nice peaty, repeaty flavor to it...
 
2020-11-26 4:42:48 PM  
2 votes:
Makes you wonder what happened to the people who hid it.
 
2020-11-26 4:42:24 PM  
2 votes:
"more than 66 bottles of whiskey"

So 67 bottles then?
 
2020-11-26 4:35:08 PM  
2 votes:
"I'm like what is that? I'm very confused," he said. "I'm looking and there's hay everywhere, there's paper, and glass ... I see another package and it's this whiskey bottle.""I'm like holy crap. This is like a whiskey stash. And this is like, all of a sudden, the whole story of the bootlegger."He likes the word like.
 
2020-11-26 4:07:30 PM  
2 votes:

Gubbo: Even when new, that stuff would have been gutrot.

Pass


FTFA:  The liquor is a brand of Scottish whiskey labeled Old Smuggler Gaelic whiskey, which is still made today.

I would think that a distillery that's allegedly been around for at least 90 years wouldn't just make "gutrot," but I guess it's possible.

Still wouldn't trust it outright, though.  Even if it were still "good," the brand "Old Smuggler" elicits thoughts of the quality you'd find from such brands as "Thunderbird," "Orloff," etc.
 
2020-11-27 1:31:21 AM  
1 vote:

zeroflight222: Mock26: Ker_Thwap: Purple_Urkle: Test at least 1 bottle for lead before you start chugging.

Prohibition era, could be formaldehyde for all you know.

If it was homemade hooch, yeah, but this is stuff from an actual distillery that is still in operation today.

But, stuff this old is not for drinking. It is for collecting, And according to one of the videos is valued at about $1,000 a bottle. So $66,000 if they sell it all. Heck, even if they only got $100 a bottle that is still a nice bit of change to put in your pocket.

We don't know that this stuff was made by that company, just that it has the same bottling/packaging as a company still in operation.  Being a bootlegger, and that brand being really popular for smugglers, the contents could be bathtub booze.


Most bootlegging was the smuggling in of products that were no longer available due to the Volstead Act. People wanted to drink what they used to drink. That was where the real money was, not in making "bathtub gin." So while it was possible this is bathtub gin the odds are greatly in favor of it being the real thing.
 
2020-11-26 9:35:20 PM  
1 vote:

Mock26: Ker_Thwap: Purple_Urkle: Test at least 1 bottle for lead before you start chugging.

Prohibition era, could be formaldehyde for all you know.

If it was homemade hooch, yeah, but this is stuff from an actual distillery that is still in operation today.

But, stuff this old is not for drinking. It is for collecting, And according to one of the videos is valued at about $1,000 a bottle. So $66,000 if they sell it all. Heck, even if they only got $100 a bottle that is still a nice bit of change to put in your pocket.


We don't know that this stuff was made by that company, just that it has the same bottling/packaging as a company still in operation.  Being a bootlegger, and that brand being really popular for smugglers, the contents could be bathtub booze.
 
2020-11-26 6:57:40 PM  
1 vote:

Dork Gently: Resident Muslim: chitownmike: Resident Muslim: It's amazing that the place was lucky enough that for all of these years, did not ever catch on fire once.

How is that amazing and whose to say it didn't?

You don't think that all of that alcohol would have ignited and burnt the place down?

It's not likely that a bottle would get anywhere near the autoignition temperature of ethanol, which is almost 700 °F, so whatever stayed in bottles would be safe. If the bottles were oriented so the cork stayed wet, very little alcohol (or anything else inside) would escape to possibly ignite.  If the cork dried out, the alcohol would still evaporate and pass through the cork very slowly, slowly enough that it wouldn't be a significant danger.  Screw top bottles are arguably more dangerous, but also much newer than these.

tl;dr: Bottled booze isn't an independent fire hazard, although it might contribute to a house that was already burning down.


that's why i insulated my house with linseed oil-soaked rags instead
 
2020-11-26 6:23:43 PM  
1 vote:
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2020-11-26 6:22:59 PM  
1 vote:

punkwrestler: Lambskincoat: Best to use it for disinfecting, I wouldn't drink that on a dare.

I thought aged Whiskey was suppose to be better?


Whisky is aged in the barrel bottling stops the aging process
 
2020-11-26 5:33:46 PM  
1 vote:
66 bottles - that's a helluva lot more that Geraldo found in Al Capone's vault!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mys​t​ery_of_Al_Capone%27s_Vaults

What a farkin' letdown.
 
2020-11-26 5:23:35 PM  
1 vote:

mmojo: I have a bunch of prohibition whisky I pulled out of a rum-runner shipwreck. Tastes like shiat.


Why would you get whiskey on a rum-runner? What happened to the rum?
 
2020-11-26 5:21:08 PM  
1 vote:

Lambskincoat: Best to use it for disinfecting, I wouldn't drink that on a dare.


I thought aged Whiskey was suppose to be better?
 
2020-11-26 4:57:24 PM  
1 vote:
It's amazing that the place was lucky enough that for all of these years, did not ever catch on fire once.
 
2020-11-26 4:55:17 PM  
1 vote:

xanadian: Gubbo: Even when new, that stuff would have been gutrot.

Pass

FTFA:  The liquor is a brand of Scottish whiskey labeled Old Smuggler Gaelic whiskey, which is still made today.

I would think that a distillery that's allegedly been around for at least 90 years wouldn't just make "gutrot," but I guess it's possible.

Still wouldn't trust it outright, though.  Even if it were still "good," the brand "Old Smuggler" elicits thoughts of the quality you'd find from such brands as "Thunderbird," "Orloff," etc.


Or new wash in old bottles.
 
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