Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hidden in the family

Ballantine's 12 yearsBallantine's 12 years

I found this bottle in my grandmother's house when I was in Shanghai last year. It's been in the family for nearly 25 years - acquired before I was born. There's an interesting story attached. My father worked for one of the first multinational trading firms in China in the 1980's, and he bought this bottle during that time. It went into my grandparents' possession, where it's been sitting ever since. The bottle of Ballantine's became forgotten.

It was by chance that I found it last year. We were clearing out some closets, and I saw something in the corner. I immediately knew it was special, because my grandparents don't drink. My mother recognized the box instantly, and I began thinking of how we could bring it home. It was decided then, that we'd leave it with one of my uncle's, until my father went back on a business trip. He took his trip in late April, and successfully repatriated the bottle.

So, it's been a long journey, but my Ballantine's is finally home. As you can see, the packaging shows the wear and tear of age. This bottle has such a history, I don't even know what occasion would be appropriate enough to open it on.

You never know what surprises you'll find in an old closet.

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