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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    When I started at Kinsey in the Yard gang about one yr later we started the project of removing all the Metal barrel racks from the Explosion proof Warehouses. The contracter that removed them just cut the welds with a welder torch and then we would haul them to a wagon we had behind a farm tractor and take them to the steer pens were we would put them in big piles. When I was bumped and went to the warehouses They were just starting to refill the warehouses all the racks were out of. The Barrels were really big not sure how many gal but we would use a lift and stack them it two of us to roll them across the pile on the second level and to stand them up. They all stood on their bottom instead of on their side like the old ones. when they were ready to be emptied they would put a long hose and pump the whiskey out and run it into the trouth. Or or later into a big Tank where it could go to the bender or straight Bourbon lines. It was a big difference from when I started and all the wearehouses were full of regular I think 40 gal barrels. The big Barrels leaked very badly and the Coopers cused alot about them. They lost lots of whiskey in leakage, the floors were always getting wet!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    One of the neatest things when I worked at Kinsey was being able to find and get straight Whiskey from the barrel. I was lucky enough to have had straight Rye from the barrel which would be made into Rittenhouse Rye and Straight Bourbons which would have been used for Old Hickory or Hallers County fair or other Continental straight bourbons! Thinking about it now I am surprised I did not get bombed right away as I had never had whiskey till I worked there. I found that the stuff as long as you had the Bung Cloth under when you poured it it was smooth and full of flavor, granted it was strong who knows how much proof it was straight from the barrel but siping it from a 1/2 Pint bottle it was real Good! Mostly used a 1/2 Pint as it would be easier to sip and not get too much to quick! The very First Drink I had was straight Rye after that it has always been a favorite, then Next the boss showed me the Bourbon Barrels and that was so good! How many of you have had the chance to drink it right from the barrel? Anyway it was a great job and never a dull minute! One of the things that was amazing to me was how fast Ben Myers got the Bung out filed a notch in each side got it back in and poured me my fisrt Bourbon!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Quote Originally Posted by dave ziegler View Post
    How many of you have had the chance to drink it right from the barrel?

    I have been lucky enough to have had: 1792 Barton at ten years of age and Four Roses at four years of age.

    I have had many others....though they were already bottled.

    Thanks for all the great memories.
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    I've had my share of these, Heaven Hill's stands out as the best.

    Somewhere I once read (not that I endorse it for barrel strength, au contraire) that when you take in liquor neat, part of the alcohol is not metabolized by the body. This would suggest that sipping a strong drink would not necessarily result in greater intoxication than sipping at a lower proof diluted.

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    I've had my share at the distilleries. I remember a barrel proof 4 Roses at Cox's Creek and a wonderful barrel proof 1792 at Barton. Had some more 4 Roses samples in Lawrenceburg. Bettye Jo gave me a sample of Barrel Proof Elijah Craig. Nothing like barrel proof whiskey.
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    You are very right Joe the stuff straight from the Barrel is most times unbelieveable! I remember back in those days trying lots of different Years distilled straights from the older warehouses. The Old guys always knew were to send you for some good Whiskey, as they had barrels they had opened and filed ready to pour in alot of warehouses. The Rye which was the first Whiskey I had ever Had was just amazing stuff and the old timer said it was to be dumped for Rittenhouse Rye! The old guys would move barrels up just enough to leave room in the rack to roll the one you wanted whiskey out of front enough to have it pour right through the u filed in the bung. As I have said before it would flow perfect and clean if the Bung cloth was put back in right, it was a great filter. They would remember which rack it was in by counting the steps from the end to the right rack and write it with chauk on a wall somewhere like end of last row 10 steps from this end row,they would write it with a flashligt in the first row so no one would see it. My Boss showed me how to do all this as soon as I went in the warehouses after being bumped from the yard gang! Guys would also put full bottles places and then forget where they put them. A few years ago I found a bottle like that in the plant on top of a metal desk back in a corner Governors club Gin! It is so sad to see the place in ruin now and the buildings wasting away. But the days are gone and only the memories live on and that is what I hope I am doing keeping the place alive with memories!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    I remember just walking in a warehouse and finding bottles put in some of the weirdest Places by guys. One guy told me back then he had one in every warehouse so he could get a drink quick. Bonda the traffic guy always came in early and filled his bottles then kept them under the seat of his 1951 Pylmouth. I would see Bonda having a drink at 7:00 Am most days. I can still see him shifting then grabing his bottle and taking a hit!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    One of my Favorite Products which I am lucky enough to have many cases of is Continental Peanut Lolita, which was a Peanut Liquor made with Bourbon. It is 53 proof and a delightful drink by itself or by adding a big shot of Bourbon to it which I do offten. I am not much for Liquors but this Peanut has a kick to it like a good Bourbon should with a very nice Peanut flavor. Continental was the only company ever to make a peanut Liquor from what I know. They sold a lot of Liquors in those days and mine was bottled in the old Kinsey Bottle House out front. In those days Continental was always ahead of the times with products and they had very good quality control too! Tasting the Peanut Lolita its gives you a crisp Peanut flavor with heavy over tones of good Bourbon and a sort of Roasted Peanut smell. It is very pleasant, not to sweet with a nice kick for only being 53 proof. I often enjoy a glass with an extra shot of Bourbon or Rye in it. At your first sip you feel that inhale feeling you get with a good Bourbon hard to explain sort deep breathing it in and it never gets to the point that you feel it is too sweet.
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    One of the things I remember from the old days at Kinsey was how much Continental went out and found neat ways to market their Products. Example the Old Hickory Figureen of Andy Jackson, the Liberty Bell for Phila Blended Whiskey. they had differant Boxes for every season. And they had so many solgans. An Example of that was their Skol Vodka on the top of the case it said Just say Skol instead of Vodka! I have a set of 3 old time 1950's Coffee Carafes Pints that came with 100 proof bottled in Bond Old hickory in them, and a booklet telling you to use them after you were done to heat coffee or water and pour some Old Hikory in them to drink! I had one given to me by an old friends son his dad had been a friend of mine back then he was a government man. I also had one from my Dads stuff and I had one from when I worked there. Years later I found the box that two of them would have been in and the owners manuel laying on the floor in an old building there. They were the only one I ever saw to make a Pint Bottled in Bond Bourbon in such a contaner and I am lucky to have them as I have never seen any others for sale anywhere. They had all kinds of sizes for stuff from 1/10th to 1/2 Gallon and their bottles were always the best you could buy heavy bottom weighted glass. They said in the Manuel why not heat some water or coffee in your Carafe now when you use it and put a shot or two of Old Hickory in with it, the flavor will jump out at you! That was some smart marketing some one buys the carafes then when one is empy they heat some coffee or water on one of those old tin things you put on a burner then pour some old hickory in and find a whole new way to enjoy your Bourbon! Is it any wonder that our Nurse loved Coffee and Bourbon! I am going to scan the book and put it up after I finish here so you can see what they looked like!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Here are two pictures of the Booklet that came with the carafes and a Picture of two of them together. I have never seen these anywhere.
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