Park & Tilford "Reserve" 86.8 Pf Whiskey

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Park & Tilford "Reserve" 86.8 Pf Whiskey

Unread postby citydweller » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:45 pm

I've been told this is a good one to drink, but it's probably too rich for my blood. The bottle is sealed / unopened and I have the cap. One of my guys banged it into a doorpost coming out of the clean-out with a full box and the cap snapped off. (DAMMIT!!). Cork is clean and appears supple. Any ideas what year this is?

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Re: Park & Tilford "Reserve" 86.8 Pf Whiskey

Unread postby Bourbon Joe » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:54 pm

If there is a PALCB stamp on it, it cannot be very very old.
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Re: Park & Tilford "Reserve" 86.8 Pf Whiskey

Unread postby citydweller » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:52 am

Bourbon Joe wrote:If there is a PALCB stamp on it, it cannot be very very old.
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That stamp hasn't been used by the PLCB in my lifetime, and I'm 47.
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Re: Park & Tilford "Reserve" 86.8 Pf Whiskey

Unread postby bourbonv » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:52 am

Park and Tilford only entered the spirits business with their own brands and distilleries after prohibition. Schenley acquired the company in the early 1950s. Looking at the label, I would date this bottle from the 1950s or 60s. I guess it just depends upon what Joe considers "Old".
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Re: Park & Tilford "Reserve" 86.8 Pf Whiskey

Unread postby PaulO » Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:03 pm

I believe the 4/5 quart size bottle was invented due to rationing during WW II (and continued afterward). I don't see a upc bar code; so it's probably from before the late 70s.
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Re: Park & Tilford "Reserve" 86.8 Pf Whiskey

Unread postby Bourbon Joe » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:32 pm

bourbonv wrote: I guess it just depends upon what Joe considers "Old".


I would consider 50's to be possible but not 40's.
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Re: Park & Tilford "Reserve" 86.8 Pf Whiskey

Unread postby citydweller » Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:48 pm

The same PLCB stamp on this bottle appears on the 1943 Old Overholt bottle, although this one is incomplete. I also noticed that the bottom of the bottle has "3 D 43 44" embossed on it.

A little further research shows that the P&T Brownsville, PA distillery was a Federally-funded WWII operation and apparently closed down at the end of the war.

So, it would seem this little nugget is circa 1944-1945.
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