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    Dreams coming true - Baby boy and VXOF VVOF18 plus more!!

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    Thanking god, this week has been a great week with two dreams coming true for me.

    First, now at 20 weeks, my wife and I learned that we are having a baby boy as our first child. We are so grateful for this and extremely happy for this miracle of life. After announcing to everyone I know, I had a glass of VVOF last night to celebrate. This is after being a cold turkey for a long time now trying to lose weight. I am down 21 lbs and another 20-30lb more to go - trying to be lean and fast so I can train my little boy when he grows up in sports, martial arts, education, etc.

    Secondly, I have the greatest chance encounter from a nice lady (not sure if she wants me to disclose her identity) who has a great collection from her grandfather on the greatest bourbons. I am extremely grateful that I have the honor to acquire them. It contains a list of my dream bottles! This is very much like a fated encounter presenting possibly a once in a lifetime coming of two individuals because of her grandfather appreciating great things and passing them onto our generation.

    I have stated previously that I will stop bunkering but as someone who is obsessed with SW and with this being dream bottles, it was hard to say no. So she and I came to a mutual agreement; with my wife saying are you crazy (!) , but okay with my decision.

    So here is the incredible line up:
    VOF 8 from 1941/1949
    VOF 8 from 47/55
    VXOF 10 from 56/66 – dreamed bottle
    VVOF 18 from 50/69 – dreamed bottle - A special barrel proof 121!
    OWA 7 - 107 barrel proof with Weller and Pappy on the label - the “real” old bottle
    A decanter with juice
    Water pour memorabilia

    I should have these in hand by Saturday. I am very excited about the VXOF and the VVOF18 barrel proof. When I first started out, I thought I like the more aged wheated bourbon since I really like the PVW20. Now with drinking the VOF and VVOF 10 and 12 years, they are just amazing at those aged. Therefore, I have been wondering how a VVOF18 would taste like for a long time.

    I am not one that has much experience or obsession with the OWA Louisville goldvein at all, but for this OWA “real old” bottle, that appears to be the only bottle that I have seen with what Mike Veach stated “(Trivia for your consideration: the real old bottles of Weller Antique do not have two etchings of W.L. Weller but instead have Weller on one side and Pappy Van Winkle on the other side of the label.)”

    I probably pay more than I should for the OWA but less than I am willing to try it. Unless someone tell me this is the only one in the world and not to drink it, I think this will be open fairly soon, perhaps when I lose another 10 lbs.

    Cheers all and very grateful,
    Hugh
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    Re: Dreams coming true - Baby boy and VXOF VVOF18 plus more!!

    Congrats on all counts!

    Let me assure you that you will get more enjoyment from your son than the old and rare bourbons and that is saying something.

    Good luck with the diet.

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    Re: Dreams coming true - Baby boy and VXOF VVOF18 plus more!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Reserve View Post
    Congrats on all counts!

    Let me assure you that you will get more enjoyment from your son than the old and rare bourbons and that is saying something.

    Good luck with the diet.

    Thanks! We are so happy about the baby. That is the greatest thing for me in my life right after marrying my wife! I can't wait for when the baby shows up with ten fingers and ten toes, and completely perfect.

    Cheers
    --Hugh

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    Re: Dreams coming true - Baby boy and VXOF VVOF18 plus more!!

    Congrats on the baby. Little ones make the world go around. Also that's a great score on the bourbon.
    Greg
    Southeast New Mexico

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    Re: Dreams coming true - Baby boy and VXOF VVOF18 plus more!!

    Thanks Greg!

    For another drink tonight to celebrate and after working out for four hours, I opened up a bottle of PVW23 A1136, sipping it neat first.

    cheers
    Hugh

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    Re: Dreams coming true - Baby boy and VXOF VVOF18 plus more!!

    Congratulations! Most excellent.

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    Re: Dreams coming true - Baby boy and VXOF VVOF18 plus more!!

    Congrats on both counts!
    Normal is an illusion. What is normal to the spider, is chaos for the fly.

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    Re: Dreams coming true - Baby boy and VXOF VVOF18 plus more!!

    Congrats Hugh...long time no talk! Stop by chat and hang out with me everyonce in a while!
    You can find me in chat most nights on days ending with the letter y!

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    Re: Dreams coming true - Baby boy and VXOF VVOF18 plus more!!

    Thanks all! If you are in the Bay Area, just PM me and we can share some of these great bourbons.

    Today, I finally got hold of the incredible line up. Everything looks great other than some leakage from the Cabin Still decanter. The top of the cork was broken off but the bottom part of the cork came right out in one piece. I did a quick taste of the SW juice and it's still very good! One of the VOF I had suspected had some evaporation from previous image and I confirmed it has and the top was a little moist. No big deal as I will pop that open as soon as I finish up my current VOF. Hopefully the liquid is perfect with little to no cork taint.

    First image is the line up as received.

    Second image is the cost of VOF when it was back in the 1940's. Please guess how much it cost before you see the image. I was very surprised!

    Third image is the most famous of Pappy's quote: "We make Fine Bourbon, at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always Fine Bourbon." This was below Pappy's image on the OWA.

    Fourth image is the Cabin Still decanter up close.
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    Re: Dreams coming true - Baby boy and VXOF VVOF18 plus more!!

    Quote Originally Posted by tigerlam92 View Post
    Second image is the cost of VOF when it was back in the 1940's. Please guess how much it cost before you see the image. I was very surprised!
    First of all excellent pictures and great finds! Are you sure that price isn't the tax paid?

 

 

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