Patrick Bakker and Nick Drummond were often told their home in the Village of Ames, NY was owned by a local bootlegger. They always laughed the story off as just local legends, until recently when they found several bottles of whiskey dating back to 1923 while doing repairs on their home.

About a week ago, Nick was repairing the trim in a mudroom at the back of the house. After removing a board from the foundation to install insulation, he found that the slab he pried off had a bottom, which is not normal, because that's typical of a wall, not a crawlspace.

“I didn’t think much of it and kept prying them off,” Drummond said, “And then, the first package fell out and I didn’t know exactly what it was.” The simple renovation turned into excavation, with the couple finding seven bundles of 100-year-old whiskey. All of the packages were perfectly sized for the wall. Each package was wrapped in tattered brown paper and tied with string, and had six bottles of whiskey within them. Every bottle was wrapped in straw and paper, and the label read “Old Smuggler” Gaelic Whiskey of the Stirling Bonding Company.

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The bottles were dated October 23rd, 1923. A back label said the drink was “a high degree of purity,” as well as “excellent quality and flavour," and “maturity.”




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The two hope to taste the liquor some day.


Listen to our full conversation with Nick below.


A bottle of Gaelic "Old Smuggler" recently sold at a Whiskey Auction for about $670. It sounds like these guys have about $28,140 of whiskey if they played their cards right.

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