"… Whisky, however, must be aged in wood. Once whisky is sealed in glass, aging stops … but unless you descend from a line of providential ancestors, each generation putting down several barrels per year as a legacy to the future, aged home-made whisky is rather rare and probably the result of happy accident rather than by design … fortunately there is a shortcut … whisky can be given the similitude of aging by easy artificial means, marrying it with charred oak chips …"
(ref: Adams, John Festus. "An Essay on Brewing, Vintage and Distillation Together with Selected Remedies for Hangover Melancholia". 1st ed. Vol.1. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1966. 65-66.)
My dad, who isn’t a drinker, used to work construction, in a union. For several years back in the late 70’s, he would bring home bottles of Seagrams, Canadian Club, Fleischman’s Vodka, Cutty Sark, etc around the holidays. He just put those bottles down the basement under the stairs, in a big box w/ the rest of his "stuff".
My twin sister would come home from school for the holidays and help herself to a bottle of vodka, but most of the whiskey remained untouched.
While cleaning-out my parents’ basement a couple of years ago, I unearthed about a dozen bottles of mostly Seagrams & CC. Not too long thereafter, I had a "Celebrating the 70’s" party at my house to help my wife celebrate her 39th b-day. Several of those bottles were distributed to winners of the trivia contest we had.
I have 3 bottles remaining, all unopened. However, a friend of mine opened his bottle that I gave him and we tried some. Smooth? I don’t think so – that was a rough trip down the esophagus. Maybe I’ll find some use for my 3 remaining bottles. A marinade, perhaps??
PB & MikeS
They must have been making it smoother then, because this stuff was nothing like the modern day 7.
I don’t know if the seal being broken, and the years had anything to do with it, minor evaporation or loss through the years, making it better.
I have no idea why, but after 40+ years it was impressive.
Al – You are so right about that area being quiet and rural. I traveled that area a lot when i was in the jaycees. So awesome vies of the river from down along that stretch too.
No, I don’t glow in the dark!![;)] We lived a short distance from the site near the Ohio River, during the construction period and shortly after. What a giant boondoggle! I worked for a college located closer to Louisville. My ‘ex’ still lives in that house in what has turned out to be a very quiet rural area with a huge three-quarter completed nuke facility sitting idle for over 25 years now.
porkbeaks, that was what I was thinking too. Oh well, I had a taste om my bottled in 1977 Crown royal last night and it still tasted good.
If 45 year old Seagram’s 7 tastes smoother, it’s because they made smoother Seagram’s 7 45 years ago. Time in a glass bottle doesn’t improve spirits that I’m aware of. Now if it had spent those years in a wood cask………………….-pb
A guy brought in a special bottle of either Jim Beam or Jack Daniels to my boss for Christmas. Cant remember which one…..
It was bottled in 1969 and is in a special decorator/decanter bottle.
My boss has not opened it yet, so I dont know what it’s like.
When he does, I will let you know about the taste testing.
Al – Marble Hill nuclear plant? Are you in the business, too? To remain on-topic, that is a good enough reason to drink.
Right, Brad. I had visions of an above-ground pool with a large beach umbrella resting on one side, and a giant Garlic-stuffed Olive visible drifting around the bottom !!!
Or the first (consider the date) HyBred-Power Farm Implements![;)]
Hopefully the authorities asked around to see if anyone had ordered a barrel of vermouth and a truckload of olives…[8D]
A Seagrams story for you.
When I lived nearer to you in my first round in Indiana (78-84) We lived near the Marble Hill Site. A news story one evening told of a tanker truck full of Gin on it’s way to Lawrenceburg for bottling that was ‘Hijacked’ while it’s driver was in a cafe in New Washington,IN.
They found the rig the next morning on a backroad about 6 miles from the site of the ‘disappearance’. The Trailer was bone-dry. The question that bantered around town for awhile— "How does someone unload 10,000 gallons of Gin in less than 12 hours". As far as I know the truth was never made public, if they found out???[?]
Wow, what a find! Save it for next Christmas when family and freinds gather.. Be a treat for all..
Last night I was helping my uncle load up some things from his house. As we were carrying a large load up the basement steps I noticed something pigeon holed under one of the steps.
When we got back to the steps and removed the object we both were pleasantly suprised. Wrapped in an old brown paper bag was a bottle of Seagram 7, that my Uncle knew nothing about.
My Uncle has lived in this house for 40 years, it was not his nor my grandmother’s, we are uncertain of how old this stuff actually is, there is no know on the date anywhere.
All we really know is that it is at least 40 years old, has been kept in a paper bag in a dark cool space for those 40 + years.
After a small sample, I now know that 45+ year old Seagram 7 is extremely SMOOTHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
I live several miles from the Lawrenceburg, IN Seagrams distillery, and have placed a call to them asking how to identify the age of the bottle. Hopefully They will be able to tell me.
As for now the bottle has a new home, in the bottom of my safe, where it will be kept cool and dry for years and years to come.
A Rare Treat
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