The label on the bottle was peeling off. Mike, the bartender at Bamonte’s (an ancient Italian Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York), guessed that it was 40 or 50 years old. We couldn’t resist and ordered a small glass of it. The label noted that it was “grain neutral spirit and whiskey.”
The label also boasted, “Regardless of Price, No Better Whiskey in the World. That’s All.” That, along with the seven little red stars (apparently signifying its classy stature), made us giggle. The whiskey itself was astonishingly smooth: very easy, dry, and with, oddly, a note of peppermint. There was little nuance; clearly this was made for knocking back in sweltering weather. It was, I confess, pleasant, although it was chock full of neutral grain spirit.
Clearly this post-Prohibition stuff is un-rateable, due to it being so strange (Jack Daniels or Bourbon this is not). We hear that this stuff is still made, though that’s hard to believe. One wonders if what it is now is like what it was way back when…
To see if our retailer can locate any Wilson’s whiskey for you, click here. Then type “Wilson” in the search engine and click the magnifying glass image. To visit Bamonte’s, ring 718-384-8831 for details.
11/25/2011 note: You can view an image of an advertisement for Wilson Whiskey that depicts a bottle much like the one we saw at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7364897@N02/3104014101/