Whisky Magazine Issue 127
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The phenomenon of ‘vintage' bottles of whisky
Great Scott!' proclaimed a clearly baffled and surprised Doc Emmett Brown, as he realised that his heavily modified DeLorean DMC-12 – complete with an experimental flux capacitor – had achieved its objective: To reach the heady heights of 88 mph (an achievement for a DeLorean in itself, without falling apart) and travel back in time to 1955. What delights and predicaments would a young Marty McFly discover, we wondered?
Ok, so the rest of the script for the first Back to the Future film is of course well known, as are the two superb sequels, especially the concept and consequences of altering the course of history by meddling with the past.
It's the 30th anniversary of the first film, which was made in 1985. The others were made in 1989 and 1990 respectively and it got me thinking about the concept of whiskies that appear out of time; not ancient vintages bottled recently, but simply ‘old' bottles that came from previous decades, laying untouched and unloved until now. It is a growing trend in the spirits business, especially with specialist bars to find and retail vintage spirits, uncorking the secrets of the past in the process. In fact, the market for old ‘attic finds' has grown so significantly over the past 18 months that companies now exist, solely specialising in finding and retailing old spirits.
Google ‘vintage spirits' and you'll first find a magazine dedicated to steam trains, but look a little further and up pops the Old Spirits Co. established ...