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Old 11-15-2007, 10:52 PM   #1
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Historic Whiskey Could Go Down Drain

By JOE EDWARDS, Associated Press Writer
Thursday, November 15, 2007

(11-15) 12:52 PST Nashville, Tenn. (AP) --

Here's a sobering thought: Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskey, some of it almost 100 years old, may be unceremoniously poured down a drain because authorities suspect it was being sold by someone without a license.

Officials seized 2,400 bottles late last month during warehouse raids in Nashville and Lynchburg, the southern Tennessee town where the whiskey is distilled.

"Punish the person, not the whiskey," said an outraged Kyle MacDonald, 28, a Jack Daniel's drinker from British Columbia who promotes the whiskey on his blog. "Jack never did anything wrong, and the whiskey itself is innocent."

Investigators are also looking into whether some of the bottles had been stolen from the distillery. No one has been arrested.

Authorities are still determining how much of the liquor will be disposed of, and how much can be sold at auction.

Tennessee law requires officials to destroy whiskey that cannot be sold legally in the state, such as bottles designed for sale overseas and those with broken seals.

"We'd pour it out," said Danielle Elks, executive director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

The estimated value of the liquor is $1 million, possibly driven up by the value of the antique bottles, which range from 3-liter bottles to half-pints.

One seized bottle dates to 1914, with its seal unbroken. Elks said it is worth $10,000 on the collectors market. Investigators are looking into whether the liquor was being sold for the value of the bottles rather than the whiskey.


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Old 11-15-2007, 11:52 PM   #2
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:51 AM   #4
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Oh dear god, that can't happen. 100 year old Jack!? Please have mercy and sell the bourbon to us. I could find a nice place for some 100 year old Jack.

NOBODY could one-up you at that point. "Oh yeah, you've got some 25 year old single malt scotch, well I've got some 100 year old Jack Daniels!" How do you like them apples?

If anyone mentions mixing that with Coke, they should be drawn and quartered on the spot.
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Old 11-16-2007, 04:46 AM   #5
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:17 PM   #6
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"We'd pour it out," said Danielle Elks, executive director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Yup... there is my problem with this. One million dollars of whiskey and the same sonsofbitches that tax us can't reason out a way to auction this off to collectors and use the proceeds to feed someone.

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Old 11-16-2007, 02:47 PM   #7
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