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10/21/13

Golden Oldies
New York’s Vintage-est Booze

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.

UD - 1900 D’Oliveiras Moscatel Reserva

THE OLDEST WINE: AT TERROIR OR HEARTH

1900 D’Oliveiras Moscatel Reserva

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.
411:
$850/bottle, available at Terroir East Village, 413 E 12th St (between Ave A and 1st), and Hearth, 403 E 12th St (at 1st), 646-602-1300
UD - 1941 Eau-de-Vie

THE OLDEST CHARTREUSE: AT POURING RIBBONS

1941 Eau-de-Vie

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.
411:
$100/half-ounce pour, available at Pouring Ribbons, 225 Ave B (between 13th and 14th), 917-656-6788 
UD - 1950 Gordon’s Dry Gin

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.
411:
$150/cocktail, available at Experimental Cocktail Club, 191 Chrystie St (between Rivington and Stanton)
UD - 1951 Knappogue Castle

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.
411:
$125-$250/one- or two-ounce pour, available at Vintry Wine & Whiskey, 57 Stone St (near Hanover Sq), 212-480-9800
UD - 1996 George Gale Prize Old Ale

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.
411:
$18/bottle, available at Gramercy Tavern, 42 E 20th St (between Park and Broadway), 212-477-0777
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