Rather than simply drive around looking for run down liquor stores we put a little strategy and planning into the day. We were able to pull a listing of all retail Class A stores that registered for a liquor license in Baltimore. I used this file to upload the location data into Microsoft Streets and Trips. I then exported the map to a GPS Exchange Format (GPX) file. I created a new map in Google maps and uploaded the GPX file in order to plot all the liquor stores in Baltimore. Doing this enabled us to map a specific area of Baltimore and systematically work our way through a quadrant of the city. I know....dorky.
Dorky or not, we hit 25 of 247 stores and found some very nice things. My goal today was to find some age stated Wild Turkey and even though I only found one bottle....I'm ok with that. The total haul was split among 4 of us and included:
1970/1975 Old Forester Bottled in Bond
1972/1977 Old Forester Bottled in Bond
1987 Old Forester Bottled in Bond
1992 Old Taylor 6 year (32 200ml bottles) 80 pf
1990 Old Taylor 6 yr 80 pf
1986 Old Taylor 6 yr 86 pf
1988 Pikesville Supreme 80 pf
1990 General Lee Bottled in Bond
1969 JTS Brown 86 pf
1968 Old Overholt 86 pf (PA rye)
1990 Wild Turkey 8 yr 101 pf
What's interesting is the difference in finds between D.C. and Baltimore. I've not found any Old Fitz in Baltimore (or Maryland for that matter) while D.C. historically was a hotbed of Old Fitz. It was
also interesting today that we found some bottles that were quite old. Most stuff I've found in D.C. has been 80's and 90's vintage but looking at the list above, we found some items distilled in the 60's and the fill levels were all very impressive.
The day started off slow but we had a strong finish.