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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

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    With all this talk of Old Hickory, I went and dug out one of my bottles. It is a quart bottle, 10yo at 86 proof. Bottled by Old Hickory Distillers Co, Phila, PA, Lemont, Ill. Distilled in PA. There is also an unusual tax stamp....."U.S. Army/Open Mess". Its a tall retangular bottle. Two photos below. I may have to open this soon, or bring to the Gazebo.

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    Old hickory is not very plentiful in California dusty corners...these are the only two I've ever found, they are the 8 years old version.
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    They are nice Styled bottles do not remember that style but I remember the 8 year old stuff well It was very Smooth I drank a good bit of it working there! Surprisingly they even made a Rye version back in the Late 1930's too! Don't know how long they made that. They sold allot out west had a Distillery in Lemont IL but never found anything out about it,they were bottled were I worked they had a state of art Bottle house back then in Linfield Pa at Kinsey and closed the Bottling house in Phlia in 1965/66.
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Dave,

    First of all I must say thanks for the history you have posted here! Your experiences are great to read about.

    I'm now leaning towards a West Coast Study Group theme night for "out of production" vintage bourbons and ryes for a future event.

    Because of your input here on this thread, I will have more appreciation for this whiskey when one of these decanters gets opened to sample! History always makes the whiskey taste better...well, maybe...

    When I found those two decanters, my Scotch teacher mentioned that was the whiskey they would buy for parties in his school days... He's 70 something

    Did they make younger/pricepoint versions back when?

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    Yes they made all differant sizes to make it afordable for College people I have a beautiful little Caraf that held one pint of Old Hickory 8 yr and was easy to pour fancy looking and just the right size for someone with little space and a low budget! When I worked there and after I was old enough to buy whatever I wanted I still ended up buying Old Hickory Because it just was one Flavorfull Bourbon, they up untill the last few years always aged all their Whiskeys in small about 30/50 gallon Barrels never really asked how much they held but thought about 50 gal. They were I think Hickory and the Barrel Stays were chared inside and also had strips inside floating to. When you wanted to open one to steal a drink you had to pull the bung and with a wood file you would file a small U on each side then when you put the bung back in be sure to put the Bung cloth back in for filtering it when you poured it or you would get a mouth full of chared wood! By filing and leaving room on the rack you could roll the barrel forward hold your Bottle always had a Pint bottle with me and it would come out just like a Pourer! It was very strong stuff so you had to know what you were doing or you could end up with Neutral sprits instead of Whiskey. I saw guys who could never stop drinking start their mornings with a few shots of Neutral spirts! I always looked for 8 to 10 year stuff it was dated on each barrel with Ink stensils on the Barrel head! When I started there they had the largest supply of aged barrels of Whiskey IN ONE SITE IN THE WORLD! I think I may tell some more memories soon as it seems people enjoy them and getting older and want to keep the History of the Kinsey Plant in Linfield alive when I am gone!
    Hope this was helpful and interesting for you!
    When you do open one of the Old Hickorys have a shot for Me!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Quote Originally Posted by dave ziegler View Post
    When you do open one of the Old Hickorys have a shot for Me!
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    Dave,

    It will most likely be done at study group...we'll all raise a glass to you!

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    Doug When you do your Study group ask them about Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof I have talked to Old timers and they have said it was one Awesome Rye Whiskey! It was another Continental / Publicker Brand but I do not think they were making it much any more when I worked there, but I remember us in the warehouse opening a Barrel of 10 year old Rye the oldtimer had set up to open and we both filled half pint bottles back then around Christmas 1969 and it was out of this world Flavorful! So that may have been stock for it! I have a 1939 Rittenhouse bottle in my collection on my work desk. If I can sometime figuer how to get a picture on here will send one of my Desk has about 18 Whiskey Bottles and 110 old Beer Cans. People in the office come down offten to look! When you crack open that Old hickory I expect it will even better with all the time it has been sealed! Also I am going to do my Part III Memories for Christmas the story of Christmas Eve 1969 the Last day we worked before the Holiday the whole Plant was drunk! Will do that in the next couple of days. Even Security was out of it back then! Hope you have a great Christmas! PS Be sure to let me know how the Old Hickory was when you try it!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Quote Originally Posted by dave ziegler View Post
    Doug When you do your Study group ask them about Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof I have talked to Old timers and they have said it was one Awesome Rye Whiskey! It was another Continental / Publicker Brand but I do not think they were making it much any more when I worked there, but I remember us in the warehouse opening a Barrel of 10 year old Rye the oldtimer had set up to open and we both filled half pint bottles back then around Christmas 1969 and it was out of this world Flavorful! So that may have been stock for it! I have a 1939 Rittenhouse bottle in my collection on my work desk. If I can sometime figuer how to get a picture on here will send one of my Desk has about 18 Whiskey Bottles and 110 old Beer Cans. People in the office come down offten to look! When you crack open that Old hickory I expect it will even better with all the time it has been sealed! Also I am going to do my Part III Memories for Christmas the story of Christmas Eve 1969 the Last day we worked before the Holiday the whole Plant was drunk! Will do that in the next couple of days. Even Security was out of it back then! Hope you have a great Christmas! PS Be sure to let me know how the Old Hickory was when you try it!
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    Dave, The closest rye to your description I've tasted and found, was a couple little bottles of Old Overholt, I've never found a Rittenhouse or other ryes from the Continental era on store shelves here in California.

    One old bottle I found, from Continental, was a "Charter Oak"...a Bourbon...what do you recall about that label?

    "When you crack open that Old hickory I expect it will even better with all the time it has been sealed!....you lost me on that one...While the fill level is excellent for a decanter,(or for any bottle that age) I'm not so sure the age in the bottle makes the whiskey any better...rather I hope that time hasn't oxidized it or made it worsen.

    There will be tasting notes when "cracked".

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    Doug I guess the reason I think it may even be better is what an oldtimer had told me many years ago there, he said if it is out of the light sealed and still air tight and not gotten hot it can even get a a bit better you may well be right, guess your tests will tell a little! Charter Oak was one of Continentals very first brands of Bourbon one of their signature brands that they called their Kentucky Straight Bourbons, it was very good bourbon had some once or twice but never compared it to Old Hickory because I just loved the flavor and body of Old Hickory! Another one of their signature Bourbons was Planters Club Kentucky Straight Bourbon they sold allot of both of them, allot of the Charter Oak in the fifties and more of the Planters club in the 60's. I wish I had a Charter Oak bottle for my collection it is one I have yet to find! If you ever find anything out about Continentals Lemont IL Distillery let me know as even when I worked there it was a mystery to us they never had any pictures the only thing we knew was some of the Bottles had it on them at the bottom on the Labels coming out of the bottling house!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdog View Post
    Dave, The closest rye to your description I've tasted and found, was a couple little bottles of Old Overholt, I've never found a Rittenhouse or other ryes from the Continental era on store shelves here in California.

    One old bottle I found, from Continental, was a "Charter Oak"...a Bourbon...what do you recall about that label?

    "When you crack open that Old hickory I expect it will even better with all the time it has been sealed!....you lost me on that one...While the fill level is excellent for a decanter,(or for any bottle that age) I'm not so sure the age in the bottle makes the whiskey any better...rather I hope that time hasn't oxidized it or made it worsen.

    There will be tasting notes when "cracked".
    Doug have you cracked open the Old Hickory Yet? Just now trying to buy something I have always wanted for my Collection a Label from Linfield Bourbon. They had stopped making it years before I worked there and I finally have seen a label and I have a very old Cork seal bottle I found sticking out of the ground at the place since it is totally abandon and I also have some original Tax seals I found trashed in the Bottling House so if I get it will make my own Linfield Bourbon Bottle. I was walking down by the river near where old #12 used to be and there the Bottle top was sticking out of the ground so I pulled and it came out perfect and was sealed with a pug of dirt and clean inside so it will be perfect to put with my Publicker/Contiental Collection! So sad to see the place destroyed like it is walked around it in Nov. Still remember when I left even though they had not used old #12 for Many years they still kept heat in it and sprinklers. Well this is modern USA close everything and make everything some where Else. Been very sick for 2 months my voice box is half paralised and have asthma/Broncitus. Missed 16 days from work so have not been writting here. Well when you open the old hickory have 2 shots for me! Be Well Doug
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Quote Originally Posted by doubleblank View Post
    With all this talk of Old Hickory, I went and dug out one of my bottles. It is a quart bottle, 10yo at 86 proof. Bottled by Old Hickory Distillers Co, Phila, PA, Lemont, Ill. Distilled in PA. There is also an unusual tax stamp....."U.S. Army/Open Mess". Its a tall retangular bottle. Two photos below. I may have to open this soon, or bring to the Gazebo.

    Randy
    Another answer about your Old Hickory Bottlle, I have found out that Continental Distilling gave allot of Whiskey Ect to the Armed sevices for nothing for the Men. I guy I know of buys allot of Old Hickory stuff when he can to donate to the old timers at the VFW he goes to for the memories! Seems them and I can't remember the other company did this all the time not so for most of them. On my Company List they also have many brands for services only!
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