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A.Overholt & Co Pure Rye Whiskey 1872

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A.Overholt & Co Pure Rye Whiskey 1872

Postby Solitary_Trucker » Sat Jun 23, 2007 7:43 pm

Hello there people with knowledge!!

Not really sure whether this is the right forum to be in for this question but here goes:

Whilst clearing out my recent desceased fathers house considering he never drunk in his life a number of wines dates 1921 and 1934 but fot this forum I found a bootle of rye whisky I believe was made in 1872. I have searched the net in research but the label is nothing like any i have seen most labels appear to be much later. The head line is

A.overholt & Co
Established 1810
Distillers of Monongahela Pure Rye Whisky
the finest rye whiskey in the world
Pittsburgh PA

the neck has a collar stuck on it it saying "Distilled in 1872 bottled by WM.J.Friday, Pittsburgh,PA"

The neck appears to have a lead seal over similar to a wine bottle with some sort of stamp impressed in on it at the very top. Once I cleared the half inch of dust of the bottle i havent had the guts to wash it in case i destroy the label the clarity appears very good a deep deddish brown with no sort of sediment at all. Any advice would be very helpful as to also a possible value or what i should do with it to find out more.

Meanwhile i am going back to the 100% proof old grandad whiskey we found at the same time dated 1951 never been a bourbon drinker but its growing on me

Thanks for your help Paul
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:01 am

Holy moly...if that's legit, you have something special indeed, and no doubt of some value. I can't help you with any of your questions, and I'm sure someone here will direct you to one of the more bourbon-oriented forums, but I will say this: For god's sake don't wash the bottle! Many a well-meaning person has destroyed the value of a rare collectible by trying to clean it.
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Postby Solitary_Trucker » Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:29 am

Thank you for your advice having read many of the forum articles here about fake malts etc the reason i suspect it is legit is based on some of the other alcohol found. My father had obviously know idea about storage as many of the wine bottles were ruined haveing being stored upright thereby the corks drying out and having large amounts of sediment these inclue several bordeaux wines dated 1934 three bottles of port dated in the 1930's and a claret which appears ok dated 1874 more bottles of drambuie than I know what to do with my late mothers favourite tipple !! I found one bourbon site straightbourbon.com but despite registering the account never gets activated so any other suggested sites or help will be gratefully received

Thanks

Paul
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Postby Yellowjacket » Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:30 pm

ST - Sounds like you have some great finds! You should try getting on http://www.straightbourbon.com andhttp://www.bourbonenthusiast.com and ask these guys. Charles Cowdery (author of the very good book Straight Bourbon) and the other guys on these sites are usually very helpful. Bourbons are generally not nearly as collectable as scotch whisky, but your finds seem to be very rare.

Regards - Yellowjacket[/u]
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Sun Jun 24, 2007 8:40 pm

It may just be an issue of getting you authenticated and they are a bit slow ... mail them and see if there is any problem that you cannot register ... may highlight your plight and get you on there quicker.

Good luck with the bottle ... hope it's worth a few dollars for you.
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Postby Yellowjacket » Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:53 pm

When you register with Straight Bourbon you will be registered but you are put on hold (almost like a que) for a period. You should receive an initial e-mail notification with an access code and after you submit the code you will receive another e-mail notification about the hold. Bourbon Enthusiast is similar. It may take a few hours before you are notified of the final authorization to access the forum. Did you receive an initial notification of your registration?
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