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keith18
05-04-2012, 22:17
I found a 1 liter dusty bottle of Ancient Age, 86 proof. It's got that tab over the top, which I've learned from this message board that its an old bottle. So my question is this: Is this a "save for a special occasion" bottle or is it a rather pedestrian dusty bottle than I should sip whenever?

fishnbowljoe
05-04-2012, 22:31
It's good. Go ahead and open it. Have a pour or two now, and you can save the rest for a special occasion. Problem solved. Enjoy.

bad_scientist
05-05-2012, 07:01
I found a 1 liter dusty bottle of Ancient Age, 86 proof. It's got that tab over the top, which I've learned from this message board that its an old bottle. So my question is this: Is this a "save for a special occasion" bottle or is it a rather pedestrian dusty bottle than I should sip whenever?

Did you get that on 7th and S? I got one there that looked identical, down to the faded label.

Ancient Age, despite the name, is only aged for a few years, so it's not going to be a thrill ride for your taste buds. Then again, the vast majority of dusties are pretty uncomplicated but highly drinkable. If you haven't had many dusties, PM me and I can share a few.

deathevocation
05-05-2012, 07:13
I'd put it in the line and get to it when it is its turn. Otherwise you'll probably hold onto it for a special occasion which may never come.

StraightBoston
05-05-2012, 07:43
I'd drink now (or as mentioned, in the next turn). AA isn't rare enough to save for a truly special occasion, but even the bottom-shelfers from the tax-strip era have flavors and richness that are different from most of today's product.

Give it a try and see if that "dusty profile" is to your liking (and if so -- look out!)

keith18
05-05-2012, 08:11
That's where I got it--was in the neighborhood and stopped by. He still has one left...

Young Blacksmith
05-05-2012, 08:49
I always try my dusties, you've got to quality check. Why hold onto something that could be crap, just because it's old. And why hold onto something that could be spectacular just for a special occasion, to find out it's crap on that special occasion.

Now if you try it, and find it's good, then you put it on your future dusty hunt list.

That's my philosophy, keeps me from storing a bunch of un-tried bourbons.

bad_scientist
05-05-2012, 09:00
That's where I got it--was in the neighborhood and stopped by. He still has one left...

He's lightened up a lot in the past few months... He wouldn't sell to me (or anyone) until I typed up a complaint letter to the LCB.

Still any of the Old Foresters or Ten Highs left?

smokinjoe
05-05-2012, 10:55
He's lightened up a lot in the past few months... He wouldn't sell to me (or anyone) until I typed up a complaint letter to the LCB.

Still any of the Old Foresters or Ten Highs left?

Two of my faves. You say he has some other things, too? Exactly where is this store? I'm going to be in DC on Monday on business, and will definitely stop in.

bad_scientist
05-06-2012, 08:56
Two of my faves. You say he has some other things, too? Exactly where is this store? I'm going to be in DC on Monday on business, and will definitely stop in.

Well, I bought a few things like a SW Old Fitz BiB that I don't think he had any more of, but I left some Old Charters and the ones already mentioned. I don't know, at the time I didn't know as much about dusties, so I could have missed several labels.

PaulO
05-06-2012, 14:33
I like the idea of open it, at least to have a taste. You could even do a side by side tasting with the modern version.

keith18
05-07-2012, 13:26
He had a bottle of Old Forrester, but it was open, which I thought was really strange. Since all the stuff is behind plexiglass I had a hard time seeing everything.

Enoch
05-07-2012, 15:33
I usually cannot wait to taste the dusties I find. I open them and continue to enjoy them over time as my dusty barrel displays.