During a short trip to Iowa last weekend to visit some friends and family, I stopped by my grandfather’s house for a bit. Grandpa is a big Scotch drinker, but he only goes for Glenfiddich and Johnny Walker (Blue Label, usually). Back in the day (the swingin’ 60′s to be exact), Grandpa liked to tie one on with good ol’ American bourbon.
He apparently liked to show off a bit as well, because stuffed in the back of his liquor cabinet was a porcelain and gold monstrosity (see figure 1). I pulled it from the shelf, and damn near shat myself when I saw the Jim Beam label on the bottom. Not only that, but it was still half full!!
“This is amazing!” I shouted. After a certain amount of fawning, Grandpa offered it to me. He then took me downstairs to his now retired wet-bar and pulled a few more of these crazy vestibules from the shelf. There was an old hillbilly with Stizel Weller written on the bottom, a turkey, and some sort of newspaper looking thing. All of these were from the late 60′s or 70′s. Holy crap!
Oh, and then to top it all off, he hands me an unopened bottle of Jameson 12 yr that was purchased some time in the early 90s. ”I don’t like Irish Whisky,” he says.
Well, that was quite the productive trip. Thanks Grandpa!