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Old liquor won’t kill you, might not thrill you

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Old liquor won’t kill you, might not thrill you

Say you’re rummaging in your parents’ basement and you come across a stash of booze. Old booze — forty or fifty years, at least. Some of the bottles are still in their original boxes and filled to the brim with seals intact.

Do you drink the contents (slowly) and sell the coolest-looking empties on eBay? Do you restock your Don Draper-esque office liquor cart for showing-off purposes? Both options are viable.

Depending on the rarity of your found spirits, you could also contact a Dutch dude named Bay van der Bunt. He owns the Netherlands-based Old Liquors (oldliquors.com), which purports to hold “the world record for the largest private assortment of old liquors.” More than 5,000 bottles, supposedly, some dating as far back as the French Revolution and one especially pricey bottle of 1795 Brugerolle that travelled with Napoleon Bonaparte.

“My grandfather had hundreds of bottles which my father inherited and passed on to me, so collecting is something I have grown up with,” van der Bunt says on his website. “My wife and I do not have any children or potential heirs who would be able to take care of the collection, so I have decided to sell it. A few bottles are the last remaining in the world, which makes them very unique objects to have.”

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