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  1. #11
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    Please post some pics.
    Barrel Heads are a wealth of information.

    Were they on their sides or on their ends?

    Leakage?

    How did you open them? Removing Bungs without drilling them out is no easy task.

    The more I think about it the more likely these are to be brandy or sherry.
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  2. #12
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    I am in SE Portland, right around Reed College (Holgate & 28th). I'd very much like to see pictures of these, or perhaps even see them in person. Send me a PM if I could be of any assistance.

    I don't recall all the history off hand, but remember reading and seeing TV specials about Portland's activities during prohibition which included underground activities and speakeasys. Could it be that old? Doubt it'd be any good if it was.
    C

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    but face to face
    they haven't got a thing to say"

  3. #13
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    ...or much left in the barrel considering the 5% yearly loss to the angels.
    My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment.
    I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

  4. #14
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    Whiskey during prohibition was notoriously dangerous to drink because it was cut with all kinds of unhealthy stuff before it was sold to the general public. Testing it first is a good idea. If you can retrieve some of the whiskey and nose it you can get an idea of the taste without actually drinking any. Let it breath for about ten minutes and give er a whiff.

    See if you can find some history on the house itself, who owned it and the type of "business" the owner(s) were in. It might be a private stash that was simply left in place because it was too much trouble to move when the wall was built. Knowing a little about the home and its owners could clue you into why the whiskey was there. Other forms of alcohol have been known to last a long time without being ruined as long as the environment was stable.

    If nothing else, it's a great find and a small part of history. Please keep us posted.
    Often I am forced to deal with the fact that I prefer bourbon over dealing with facts.

  5. #15
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    Talk about your dusties. This may be one of the coolest finds I've heard about. It would definitely be great to see pictures.

    Isn't Portland the city that has a network of underground tunnels? Maybe it's all connected somehow.

  6. #16
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    If the house had been, for most of the time the whiskey was there, heated in the winter and cooled in the summer, wouldn't that cut down significantly on the "aging" and the loss do to the angles?

    Like everyone else I await pictures and additional information.

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    Re: Old Barrels found

    Pending further verification, I can't believe this seductive tale. Let's not get too excited.
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  8. #18
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    I will be in your neck of teh woods on June 19th... I hope this is good swill and would love to see where you found this.

    I hope you plan on turnign the area into an old "speak easy" like bar room for yourself... just to great of a tale

  9. #19
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    I came across this thread while looking up some other info. I remember this from last year. Two possibilities, in that he hasn't been on the site since his original post:

    A heck of a whopper told. Or,
    He didn't take advice given to get it tested before drinking.
    JOE

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  10. #20
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    IIRC, this was around the same time that one new member spun the whopper of a tale about moving to the states from Europe and then he "found" Scientology. The whole thing was .

    Just some bored no-life folks playing around, I guess.
    My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment.
    I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

 

 

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