Friday, August 12, 2011

A tale from the Local Liquor Store

So I decided to pop by Srinivasan Gupta's Fine Wine & Liquor Emporium after work yesterday evening hoping to find some Weeler 7 years 107 proof bourbon and who should appear to ask if I need help but the owner, Srini.  Now, Srini's a nice guy and all but his accent has this pitchfork-on-a-whiteboard affect on me. 

Anyway, I'm with my 2 year old son and I see Srini out of the corner of my eye approaching and I'm thinking to myself, I just don't have time for this.  So, I pinch my son's ear until he starts balling his eyes out and wouldn't you know it, good old Srini makes a V-line back to the counter.  It worked!

After calming my son down -- and telling him to shush about, "Why did you pinch my eaw, Daddy?" -- I spotted a 750 of Olde Grand Dad Tennissean Whiskey and it has a tax stamp on it.  Of course, it's on the bottom shelf and about a half-a-mile away in the back but my son is a good fetcher and was able to bring back the goods lickety-split.  It is a Bottles in Bonded and the date on the tax stamp shows that it was distillerated in the fall of 1963 and bottled in the spring of 1990!  Wow, the mother load; a 26 years old Tennesian Whiskey at 100 proof!

Now, I've already mentioned that I'm not a big fan of the Tennessian stuff but for you to get a better understanding as to why I'm so excited about this find, here's a brief history lesson on this bottles family tree:

All the way  up to 1969, Old Grand Dad followed the distillerating, aging and bottling practices of Kentucky bourbon makers with the only difference being that it was distillerated, aged and bottled in Tennessee.  This may sound like a subtle difference, but in the aging process, the flavors inparted into the distillatte are part oak wood and part environment.  Up until 1969, Old Grand Dad's distillery was located in Chiquita, TN while their Rick Houses were located in Planters, TN.  Then in the summer of 1969, the Rick Houses in Planters were desconstructed and relocated to the distillery location in Chiquita. 

Given that this bottle was put in barrels for aging in 1963, this means that for 6 years this puppy had been aging right next door to the peanut farm in Planters and then moved to Old Grand Dad's distillery location where it aged for another 20 years right next door to a banana farm in Chiquita, TN!

Wow, this is the rarest of the rare bourbons out there and always thought, up until now, that all these bottles were far removed the liquor store shelves.  But time forget about this bottle, fortunately for me!

While checking out, Srini began to pitchfork the whiteboard and so I pinched my son's ear again, told Srini that the poor little guy has an ear ache, put down a $20 bill, told him to keep the change, waved and walked out the door.

I will be trying this bad boy tonight and will put up a review over the next day or two.  Had I not spent part of last night at the ER with my son for stitches in his ear, I would have drunk it then.


  1. Congrats on your 'find'. Nice 'haul'. You forgot to mention if you 'tasted' a fellow bloggin' buddy on your 'find'. Or if you 'hid it from your wife'. But I will let that slide as you used's approved racial stereotypes and bourbon-above-family imagery to describe your urban 'dusty hunt'.

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