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Jan 23, 2007 07:22 PM

Ancient Fernet-Branca... Drink or Display?

OK, I moved into a house eight years ago that was a summer cottage for an Italian family from San Francisco. They'd built it in 1948, and had owned it ever since. When they sold it to me, they left many unlabeled bottles of homemade hooch, and two sealed bottles of very very old Fernet-Branca.

OK boozehounds: Do I drink it, or display it? (I know, I know, with two bottles, I could do both, but what do you wise ones think? Is it still any good?)

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  1. Of course you have to try it!! How can you not have opened one yet? Send one to me!

    1. It is likely VERY good. How old is it? Don't chug the stuff, but don't ruin it by placing under hot lights on a mantle somewhere.

      1. I would do a taste comparison with a new bottle and then post about it.

        1. So does anyone know how old that thing is? I did a quick search online and I couldn't find a time lime of sorts with any label history. You could likely get a pretty penny for one of those bottles if you were to sell it. It could probably do well at auction. What a great find!


          1. I'm a Fernet Branca lover, and I would guess this stuff has a shelf life of 2000 years. Looks like Gravy Master, tastes like poison, no better digestif I've found on the planet.