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    Full Beam, WT decanters question

    I stopped in an old liquor store that had a 200+ hundred full/sealed Beam and WT decanters. The owner said he would sell them for whatever price sticker was on them, Usually very low as it was put on them when he got them for the store. The beams were either 100, 150, or 180 month. Not sure what the WT were except in the shape of a turkey.

    Any suggestions about these? I ask because when I toured the WT distillery a couple of years ago the tour guide said we shouldn't drink liquor out of old WT decanters because of lead leaching into the bourbon from the decanter glaze. The reason they were discontinued.

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    Re: Full Beam, WT decanters question

    Don't know about Turkey but old Beam out of decanters is good stuff.
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    Re: Full Beam, WT decanters question

    Buying full decanters to drink is a risk. Trust me, I know. I collect Michter's decanters and whenever I get one that the cork is loose, damaged, or leaking, I drain the whiskey out for later consumption. I've had to drain at least 2 dozen decanters and out of those, only about half still contained drinkable whiskey. Most had oxidized or became contaminated because of bad sealing of the cork or the porous nature of the ceramic decanter. If you get a decanter that stayed sealed, the whiskey inside will still be clear and good but may taste a little stale. I've only had about 3 or 4 Michter's decanters that I've emptied that the whiskey inside was still perfect. Just some things to be aware of.
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Re: Full Beam, WT decanters question

    Quote Originally Posted by BourbonJoe View Post
    Don't know about Turkey but old Beam out of decanters is good stuff.
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    That's been my experience too with Beam juice. The 8 and 10 year old whiskey was excellent.
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    Re: Full Beam, WT decanters question

    I've had good luck with the two Beam decanters that I opened. The one with the plastic screw cap was much better than the one with the cork but the bourbon was tasty and not like modern Beam at all, IMO.

    I also acquired a cork sealed 1969 Heaven Hill decanter that was phenomenal. I think that DeanSheen would concur as he was in the group that killed it in one sitting.
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    Re: Full Beam, WT decanters question

    I've decanted a WT from the early 80's, and it was really, really, good. I'm somewhat doubtful that enough lead would leach out to have any noticeable effect...but in the name of science I will run a test. We are probably talking something like elevated levels in fish...rather than paint chips...right?

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    Re: Full Beam, WT decanters question

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_glass#Safety

    You might want to read this ... I would assume that quite a high level of lead would have leached out of the crystal given the time period you're talking about.

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    Re: Full Beam, WT decanters question

    I also acquired a cork sealed 1969 Heaven Hill decanter that was phenomenal. I think that DeanSheen would concur as he was in the group that killed it in one sitting.
    Yeah, that was pretty good juice.

    Thanks again Scott for taking one for the team on that one. Unfortunately for you the team was comprised of booze hounds without booze...... till you showed up with your sacrifice!

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    Re: Full Beam, WT decanters question

    Quote Originally Posted by sutton View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_glass#Safety

    You might want to read this ... I would assume that quite a high level of lead would have leached out of the crystal given the time period you're talking about.
    With a very few exceptions American spirits makers tended to bottle in stonewear or glazed pottery decanters.

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    Re: Full Beam, WT decanters question

    Quote Originally Posted by MJL View Post
    With a very few exceptions American spirits makers tended to bottle in stonewear or glazed pottery decanters.
    Sorry - my error, I saw "decanter" and thought "crystal", like the wine decanters I have.

    You still might want to get a lead test kit to check if you are considering consuming from an older decanter. They are inexpensive. I think I remember reading that the issue, whether stone, ceramic, pottery or crystal, is the glazing process itself. At one time lead (or lead oxide) may have been used...

 

 

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