At least in the hard liquor world, my alcohol of choice–gin–is a mere 353 years old. Amusingly, a google search for ??franciscus la boie gin?? will find, among other things “an annotation from Pynchon’s ??Gravity’s Rainbow??”:http://www.hyperarts.com/pynchon/gravity/alpha/o.html (look under “oude genever”).
I know I don’t drink as much of it as Russians do vodka, which “celebrates its 500th anniversary”:http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/europe/10/10/russia.vodka.anniversary/index.html
b5. From Jerry, the source of all strange things