Rare old booze. Something about it is just... desirable. Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s the taste.
Maybe it’s getting to brag about drinking it. Whatever the case, we found the oldest boozes in town... And
okay, it’s probably the bragging.
What it is: A fortified wine made by the same family for centuries on a Portuguese island
off the coast of Morocco. When you’ll drink it: When dessert comes; any 113th birthday celebrations you might be
planning. Made before: The Wright brothers’ first flight.
THE OLDEST CHARTREUSE: AT POURING RIBBONS
What it is: A liqueur with over 130 ingredients distilled by Carthusian monks in France,
and the jewel of Pouring Ribbons’ large collection of vintage Chartreuses. When you’ll drink it: Bastille Day; nightcaps with Marion Cotillard. Made before: The liberation of Paris.
THE OLDEST GIN: AT EXPERIMENTAL COCKTAIL CLUB
1950 Gordon’s Dry Gin
What it is: Your favorite juniper-spiced export, with six-plus decades of wisdom in the art
of being gin. When you’ll drink it: After 11pm. In the back room. In a cocktail of some type. (Your
server will insist.) Made before: The polio vaccine.
THE OLDEST WHISKEY: AT VINTRY WINE & WHISKEY
1951 Knappogue Castle
What it is: The most-aged Irish whiskey on earth. It was in a barrel for 36 years before
they even bottled it (back in 1987). When you’ll drink it: Upon completion of your epic roman à clef; high-end St.
Patrick’s Day parties. Made before: Color television.
THE OLDEST BEER: AT GRAMERCY TAVERN
1996 George Gale Prize Old Ale
What it is: An English ale whose ABV has, by our watch, increased to about 12% from the 9%
on the corked, wax-sealed bottle. When you’ll drink it: While eating one of the off-menu burgers at the bar; fancy-pants
beer pong tourneys. Made before: Google.