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spun_cookie
12-11-2010, 20:57
So, dusty hunting turned up what might be the weirdest find to date. See image.

OK Chuck, need your help on this one. Do you know the stroy here?

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barturtle
12-11-2010, 21:34
I'll ask, is there a upc code?

spun_cookie
12-11-2010, 22:32
I'll ask, is there a upc code?

No sir. The date on the box is Jan 28, 1982.

jinenjo
12-11-2010, 23:58
Tasting notes would be much appreciated. :grin:

spun_cookie
12-12-2010, 00:00
Tasting notes would be much appreciated. :grin:

There are little while floaties in the 2 I have looked at. I am sure with a quick filter I could do that for ya :D

doubleblank
12-12-2010, 06:32
I remember seeing that stuff. Weller and Water was/is a popular drink here in Texas. Particularly in the days when Weller Special Reserve was almost every bars' well(er) bourbon. This way you could add the "same" water used in diluting the bourbon to bottling proof....or so went the schtick.

Randy

barturtle
12-12-2010, 07:01
There are little while floaties in the 2 I have looked at. I am sure with a quick filter I could do that for ya :D

I'd not drink it. Even modern bottled water has expiration dates. There ain't no alcohol in there to keep it shelf stable.

sailor22
12-12-2010, 07:08
I have run across Jack Daniels water on occasion. As I recall the label says the water is directly from Knob Creek and was marketed for the reason Randy mentioned - so water from the same branch of the creek that the whiskey was made from could be used for a "Bourbon and Branch".

spun_cookie
12-12-2010, 11:17
I'd not drink it. Even modern bottled water has expiration dates. There ain't no alcohol in there to keep it shelf stable.


Oh, I know... I would not actually drink it. If I wanted to, I could just fileter it and then drink it (charcoal filter) like folks do with tap water, but why bother.... they are more noval than anything else.

Anyone here a big weller collector (Joe - FishinbowlJoe) that would want one to add to your collect for show? I'll send you one.

doubleblank
12-12-2010, 12:33
Print ads back in the '70s for Weller Special Reserve used the phrase "Weller and water.......wonderful". Very similar to the label on the water bottle. I googled the phrase "weller and water.....wonderful" and got several ads from Texas Monthly.

Randy

cowdery
12-12-2010, 12:56
T. W. Samuel's was at one point (after they stopped distilling) selling water from their spring. It's a nice idea but even in KY 'distillery spring water' never caught on.

Odd that someone would keep bottled water around that long. What was the price?

kickert
12-12-2010, 16:25
Odd that someone would keep bottled water around that long. What was the price?

That is what I was thinking.

spun_cookie
12-12-2010, 20:55
That is what I was thinking.

It is obvious you have not been in the same fine establishments I have been in :rolleye:

This place is from the 50s and been rotting ever since... Sweet lady owns it and she gave me them all :)

eljeffe
12-13-2010, 05:38
In Europe you can purchase the same thing, from the various Whisky distillers, everywhere. Seems like every one of my clients has some in their conference room.

pepcycle
12-13-2010, 12:46
I recall some breweries bottling water for flood victims.

The cans are collectible because the pasteurized water ate through the steel cans.

http://popcan.org/set-water.html

Wonder if this was a relief effort. (I know its a stretch)

tmckenzie
12-14-2010, 07:52
After hurrican ivan came through south alabama, everyody had lots of budweiser canned water. It was actually pretty tasty.

squire
12-19-2010, 19:55
I remember the Jack Daniels version awhile back but, as a distillery worker told me, 'it never caught on'.

Barrel_Proof
12-19-2010, 20:57
Jack Daniels ... 'it never caught on'.

Deservedly! ...

DogfaceSoldier
03-25-2015, 17:48
I went to a bourbon bar the other day and they had a bottle of Weller Water on the bar as a conversation piece. This got me to thinking - with all the marketing madness ongoing with bourbon, this spun two questions:

1) Could a product similar to Weller Water succeed today?
2) What would the price point be?

KyleCBreese
03-25-2015, 19:24
People will buy anything Weller and tell you it is perfection, so I think yes, it would definitely succeed.

ToEOrNotToE
03-26-2015, 02:44
I'll stick with Aquafina for my splash, thanks.

CorvallisCracker
03-26-2015, 09:14
Hi Em! Good to see you back here!



This place is from the 50s and been rotting ever since... Sweet lady owns it and she gave me them all :)

She would be the one with the stash of Crow Light?

jp_stargazer
03-26-2015, 09:21
I found something similar when a small local liquor store was closing. For about $5 I am now the proud owner of some stale (I'm assuming) water from the Stitzel-Weller distillery. I can't remember the exact date digits on the bottom of the bottle but it was some time in the 80's. When I brought it to the counter to buy, the man who always runs the counter was definitely confused about what it was.

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Jason

sku
03-26-2015, 10:24
There are some of these out there today: www.oldlimestone.com

GAbiker
03-26-2015, 16:49
I lived in Shively Ky from the mid 80's to 2000, no more than 5 miles from the Stitzel Weller Distillery. I can tell you complete certainty that I wouldn't drink a DROP of water from any "branch" in Shively or S. Luavull. But...Luavull City water was pretty good though...better than we have here in Atlanta.

The Black Tot
03-26-2015, 17:58
http://www.amazon.com/Old-Limestone-Bourbon-Bottled-Kentucky/dp/B00SWYOYY4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1427417661&sr=8-3&keywords=kentucky+water

Paddy
03-26-2015, 18:24
http://www.amazon.com/Old-Limestone-Bourbon-Bottled-Kentucky/dp/B00SWYOYY4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1427417661&sr=8-3&keywords=kentucky+water

But this here will give you the 'ultimate' finish you're looking for!:rolleyes:

http://www.climaxky.com/

The Black Tot
03-26-2015, 18:42
Hahaha, nice Paddy. I hadn't seen that.

weller_tex
03-27-2015, 10:37
I remember seeing that stuff. Weller and Water was/is a popular drink here in Texas. Particularly in the days when Weller Special Reserve was almost every bars' well(er) bourbon. This way you could add the "same" water used in diluting the bourbon to bottling proof....or so went the schtick.

Randy

Yep stuff was all over the place and ads for "Weller and Water" as well. Too bad I didn't fill a warehouse with cases of OWA and WSR in 1982, the day I became legal to purchase..

CorvallisCracker
03-30-2015, 09:37
Hi Em! Good to see you back here!


Should have looked at the date on that post!

Now I'm wondering how this thread went five years with no posts and wasn't closed. :skep:

fishnbowljoe
03-31-2015, 19:21
Should have looked at the date on that post!

Now I'm wondering how this thread went five years with no posts and wasn't closed. :skep:

Well Scott, it's not your imagination. I merged the new and old threads on Weller Water. :grin:

Cheers! Joe

CorvallisCracker
04-03-2015, 09:34
Well Scott, it's not your imagination. I merged the new and old threads on Weller Water. :grin:

Cheers! Joe

Oh.

I was hoping for something more amazing, like multiverse bleed-over.

ethangsmith
04-03-2015, 16:16
Fun Michter's Distillery fact:

The fate of Michter's Distillery in Schaefferstown, PA may have been very different because of the bottled water craze in the early 80's. In the 1979-1980 time period, the management of Michter's was looking for a potential buyer. Austin Nichols was already using them as the distiller of their 101 Rye and saw a possible business opportunity. Michter's wells were strong and pure and Austin Nichols wanted to enter the bottled water craze. Engineers were sent up to Michter's to inspect the facility, wells, and bottling capacity. An offer was made- but it was too late. Another businessman, Mr. Veru, had made a larger offer and the distillery was sold to him instead. I often wonder what would have happened if Austin Nichols would have been the high bidder and started producing not only all their Wild Turkey 101 Rye there, but also Wild Turkey Spring Water?

DogfaceSoldier
04-03-2015, 16:27
Guess it really looks like I unearthed a thread from the grave.


Well Scott, it's not your imagination. I merged the new and old threads on Weller Water. :grin:

Cheers! Joe