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Southern Salt
10-12-2009, 21:11
I am new to the form and have a question about Schenley. I have recently obtained a bottle of 1968 Schenley O.F.C, and the seals have never been broken. It came from a family member and still has the price tag on it of $5.79.

I drink Bourbon often and have never heard of this brand. I have done a little reading about it since I have gotten the bottle.

Was wondering what the form members thought. Good to open and drink or keep it sealed and save it. Not really sure what its worth, but it is kinda of neat having a bottle that is 41 years old.

Any feed back would be great.

Thanks in advance,

Brad

jinenjo
10-12-2009, 22:23
Welcome to the boards. Since no one has responded I'll do my (modest) duty.

Schenley OFC was a Canadian whiskey. It's a blend. I have a bottle myself from the '50s. If you're not familiar with Canadian it's quite different from straight whiskeys--mostly due to the blending of GNS, or grain neutral spirits.

It seems you are indeed a whiskey drinker and not just looking to sell it. I'd recommend you open it up and see for yourself. Another option would be to try some Canadians first to see what you think--I'd suggest Crown Royal. The OFC (which stand for Old Fire Copper--referencing the copper stills I believe) is more GNS heavy from my experience. CR in my opinion is the most readily available, and approachable Canadian whiskeys. I would compare the OFC that I have to Canadian Club (also worth trying--and easy to come by some other vintage bottles).

By the way, the 1968 date on it does NOT mean it was bottled from that year. It simply indicates that the old distillate that went into that blend was made then. I'd guess your bottle was retailed anywhere from 6 to 12 years later. Does it have a UPC code on it? If so that would definitely mean mid to late '70s.

Let us know what you think!

p_elliott
10-13-2009, 08:41
You have two choices save it for a special occasion or pop that puppy open and drink it.

Southern Salt
10-13-2009, 16:27
Thanks for the welcome. I will prob save it for now and save it for a special occasion. It was distilled in April of 68 and bottled in April of 76.

I just have never had seen this bottle or maker and was wondering about the taste.

Some of my favorites are Eagle Rare, Mccallum, and Makers. I was wondering how this compares to those.

Plus it kinda breaks my heart to open the bottle. Its neat having something that is that old.

Thanks again

Brad

Stu
10-13-2009, 17:21
Thanks for the welcome. I will prob save it for now and save it for a special occasion. It was distilled in April of 68 and bottled in April of 76.

I just have never had seen this bottle or maker and was wondering about the taste.

Some of my favorites are Eagle Rare, Mccallum, and Makers. I was wondering how this compares to those.

Plus it kinda breaks my heart to open the bottle. Its neat having something that is that old.

Thanks again

Brad

As a former Canadian whisky devotee, I would rank OFC along with VO and Canadian Club (slightly below Crown Royal). I understand your reluctance to open it, however, I bet you"ll say "Wow I wish I could get more of this at $5.79/bottle!" At that price I'd probably become a Canadian drinker again.

Gillman
10-13-2009, 17:31
Schenley OFC is still made, I can get some down the street (in Ontario). The oldie is probably good but it is unlikely to be much different than today's.

Gary

Southern Salt
10-14-2009, 20:35
Thanks for the info gents. I will open it on a prime day and enjoy !!

Thanks again,

Brad