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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Very Very Dusty Whisky Monday Night with the SCWC

Last night, I attended Southern California Whiskey Club's pre-1964 Whisk(e)y Tasting at Seven Grand.  I took a lot of photos because, seriously, when is this ever going to happen again?

I sort of have my hands full today, so I'll let the pics do most of the talking.

Chris, the host with the most.
Michael R., also the host with the most. Also loving life.
So much potential...
The full lineup, a little blurry. Let's look closer.
#1. Old Sunny Brook 4 year old Bourbon 93 proof
Distilled 1937 - Bottled in 1941
#2. Old Hillsboro Brand Bourbon 100 proof
Distilled 1937 - Bottled in 1942
#3. G.R. Sharpe Old Style Whiskey 100 proof
Distilled 1913 - Bottled in 1917
#4. Old Forester Bourbon 100 proof
Distilled 1952 - Bottled in 1957
#5. Ballantine's 30 year old Blended Scotch Whisky 86 proof
Distilled in the late 1920s to early 1930s
Bottled between 1954 - 1964
#6. Ambassador 25 year old Blended Scotch Whisky 86 proof
Distilled in the 1920s
Bottled late 1940s to early 1950s

Later this week, I'll talk about each of these six.  In the meantime, I will leave you to ponder the Old Forester bottle.  Could it double as a lava lamp?  A sex toy?  Or a rocket?

Or a lava rocket sex toy?
(Also known as whiskey.)


  1. That Old Forester bottle looks like a rocket propelled grenade to me but that might be due to the amount of GTA V I've been playing. I don't know where your mind has been Michael....

    That Ballantine's 30 sounds and looks really interesting. I'm assuming you'll be comparing it to the current 17.

    1. I usually don't know where my mind has been, but I do know where it went upon seeing that bottle.

      The recipe for Ballantine's has changed so much, so have the distilleries, the yeast, barley, peat drying, still firing processes, casks, and malt content. Thrown in paxarette and old bottle effect, and I'll be darned if I can compare these old babies to anything current. Will just have to compare them to each other, especially since they're close in age and dates.

    2. Speaking of which, I could of sworn Ballantine's 30 is still part of the range and a limited number of bottles are released now and then.

  2. Isn't all that stuff past the expiration date? Someone should alert the USDA.
    Are you OK? Maybe you should see a doctor.

    1. Those bottles are long past their expiration dates. They should be sent to the proper authorities (me) for disposal.

    2. Way past the expiration dates. Though, I'm pretty sure the alcohol has been properly mummified by the alcohol. Thus my liver will live for at least another century.

  3. According to Malt Madness, the Bloch brothers owned Scapa which was one of the main malts of the Ambassador blend. However they bought that distillery in 1936 so it's likely Scapa isn't in this bottle.

    1. Scapa's name does show up on the Ambassador bottle, and though the Bloch Bros didn't own it when it was distilled they did have it when the bottling occurred. And it looks as if Scapa was the malt heart of the blend right up until the blend's end. My experience with Scapa has been limited, but I haven't been wowed by it, yet...