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article imageMissouri man finds pre-Prohibition whiskey hidden in his attic

By Leigh Goessl     Jul 6, 2012 in World
Saint Joseph - A Missouri man was doing some repair work in his home when he stumbled upon a stash of pre-Prohibition whiskey underneath the floorboards in his attic.
Good Morning America reported Bryan Fite was replacing wiring underneath his attic floorboards to save money on the installation of central air conditioning when he discovered 13 bottles of 1917 whiskey, full and firmly corked.
Fite, 40, bought the 1850-era house in 2011 and has been doing work on the home. When he first found the pre-Prohibition dated booze, he thought it looked like "strangely shaped insulated pipes", reports Good Morning America.
A history of the home's owners shows one man that previously resided in the home had been sent to a sanitarium for "alcohol reasons." Fite, and his wife Emily, believe he stashed the alcohol for consumption upon his return.
"Unfortunately, he never got the chance," Fite said.
The whiskey is reported to have been distilled between 1912 and 1913, and four of the bottles are labeled Hellman's Celebrated Old Crow whiskey and may have been the last of its kind since a 1918 dispute over labeling rights limited the use of the "Old Crow" name.
Other whiskies found were Guckenheimer, a one-time Pennsylvania-made rye whiskey, and W. H. McBrayer's Cedar Brook whiskey.
Fite plans to pop some of the bottles open when they reach 100 years of age. Quality of the whiskey won't be known until that time, it all depends upon the seal.
"Part of the allure for me is having them in their original state," said Fite, who identified bourbon as his drink of choice, said GMA. "I have high expectations of what they'll taste like, and I'm afraid if I open them I'll be disappointed."
He also could try to sell it. Due to the historical nature of these bottles, GMA reported some could sell for thousands, or more.
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