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dgonano
08-07-2005, 21:38
These bottles were gifts from a dear friend...hidden in her closet for many years. The first gem is a Monongahela Rye that was distilled in 1917 and bottled in 1928.

dgonano
08-07-2005, 21:45
The back label. This was distilled at C.M. Johnson Distillery for Thompson.

dgonano
08-07-2005, 21:45
This is another gem.

dgonano
08-07-2005, 21:48
It was distilled in 1917 and bottled in 1926....but it states " made 15 years ago"...then again the back label has an overlay referring to 1934.

dgonano
08-07-2005, 21:50
The other oddity is that it was distilled at Thompson in Pa!

dgonano
08-07-2005, 21:54
Another oddity is a MD tax stamp with a signature from the 1950's or 60's. I believe both of these whiskies were originally discovered when the Merle family bought Standard Distillers.

Here's the key for opening the Monticello....

tlsmothers
08-13-2005, 19:35
What a find! So you gonna hold on to them? Drink 'em?

dgonano
08-13-2005, 20:59
For the time being, they will remain unopened. Eventually the time will come when a tasting will be appropriate.

dougdog
08-15-2005, 08:30
Dave,

Those are some incredible bottles!

Thank you for posting pictures.

The period artwork is facinating to me, that Sam Thompson label is a good example. (BTW, it looks as though there is a box in the background that the bottle was packaged in? Could/would you post a picture of the box?)

Best regards, doug

angelshare
08-15-2005, 14:53
Wow, Dave, cool additions to your collection! Thanks for sharing the pix! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

CrispyCritter
08-15-2005, 20:08
Quite a bit of cognitive dissonance there:

"An Old Style Pure Rye Whiskey"

vs.

"For Medicinal Purpose Only"

It makes me wonder just how much "medicinal" whiskey was sold during our "noble experiment."

dgonano
08-15-2005, 22:46
Indeed, both came in boxes.


MONTICELLO
BRAND

SPECIAL RESERVE

IT'S ALL WHISKEY

QUALITY USERS
ARE
MONTICELLO USERS


SAM THOMPSON
OLD
MONONGAHELA
PURE RYE
WHISKEY

BOTTLED IN BOND AT DISTILLERY
UNDER SUPERVISION OF U.S. GOVERNMENT

FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES ONLY

THOMPSON DISTILLING CO

ESTABLISHED 1844

WEST BROWNSVILLE, PA, U.S.A.

AVB
09-27-2005, 14:45
OK, my jealousy meter has pegged out!