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    Old Commonwealth

    A respected bourbon retailer in my acquaintance reported to me today that one casualty of Julian's new affiliation with BT may be the demise of Old Commonwealth whiskey, at least as we know it now. You may wish to bunker a bottle of this gem of a little-known Van Winkle bourbon before it's gone.

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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    I wonder about another one, Twisted Spoke, and will it also become unavailable.

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    Re: Old Commonwealth/Twisted Spoke

    Bobby, not to worry on the Spoke. I just spoke (the verb, not the noun) with the bartender at Twisted Spoke, who said they just took a delivery of 15 cases or so. I'll be in Chicago in mid-February, so if any of you want me to score one of these Van Winkle private label bourbons for you while I'm there, let me know.

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    Re: Old Commonwealth/Twisted Spoke

    16 years of sucking wood and 105 proof. Named for a Biker Bar in Chicago. At present Toddy's has this. I ordered one from Old Ky Home Liquors. I should get another soon. HH also has American Biker, I think it's another Dog &Cat label.

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    Re: Old Commonwealth/Twisted Spoke

    That's my understanding, too. Twisted Spoke is a Van Winkle private label for the eponymous Chicago biker bar, while American Biker is a 6yo Heaven Hill bottling, whether more cat or more dog is beyond me!!

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    Re: Old Commonwealth/Twisted Spoke

    I was at the Liquor Barn on Richmond road today and they had about 7 bottles of Twisted Spoke. If this was made exclusively for a biker bar, why is it being distributed to other retail locations? Maybe the bar isn't living up to its end of the deal?

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    Re: Old Commonwealth/Twisted Spoke

    Hi all:

    No, I'm not MIA. After spending all January in one place (and enjoying your company in the process), travel's back on the agenda again. Stopped in at Binny's in Chicago on Friday to say hi to Joe C. at his new digs and pick up some Old Commonwealth.

    Here's the scoop on Old Commonwealth. Binny's has about 16 cases of it left, but that's the end of it. With the BT deal, the OC is now history.

    Chicago's whiskey event is coming up in a few weeks, so that inventory may be seeing its final days sooner rather than later. For those of you not familiar with O.C., it's a pre-BT bottling of Julian's 10yo 107 that sells for $20. At that price, any bunker could use a few--or more than a few!

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    Re: Old Commonwealth/Twisted Spoke

    I ordered a Twisted Spoke a year or so ago, sight unseen , bought it for the name only and had no idea who made it, etc. When I got it in hand I remarked to the owner of the Liquor store that got it for me that they should stock it, They wondered why and I told them, You can sell this, there's a lot of bikers in this town. Has any one tried this bottling?

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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    I tried to order some bottles of Old Commonwealth from Sam's. But they were out. They said, they will not be getting anymore. The hard choice to make is should I just get the Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr 107 or go Binny's for Old Commonwealth. Right now, they are priced the same. I was told, they are the same whiskey. Are they similar or are there definite differences?
    mark h.

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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    Mark: I got it straight from Julian that it's the same whiskey--only the packaging is different. Joe C. at Binny's has all that remains of the OC, some 16 cases or so as of this past weekend. I like the OC for a couple of reasons: (1) it's a distinctive private label bottling that will soon have collectors' value and (2) the bottles are tall and narrow like the Pappy bottle, rather than squat like the ORVW bottle, thus saving on shelf space. As everyone here is well aware, it's wonderful whiskey regardless of which way you like it packaged!

 

 

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