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capeot
02-23-2011, 11:20
I was given 4 decanters from around 1970 with of Jim Beam. From a Master Painters collection. Seals intact...is this OK to drink?

pepcycle
02-23-2011, 11:26
Yes
Post after consumption to verify.

squire
02-23-2011, 11:41
Hey capeot, welcome aboard.

barturtle
02-23-2011, 11:50
Send to me for verification, I'll send back a free drinkability report post-analysis.

PaulO
02-23-2011, 15:41
If they were stored standing up, and not on their side, they are probably fine. Unlike wine, whiskey needs to be stored standing up. Pour a little in a glass. If it's not cloudy and the cork didn't disintegrate you will have something very nice.

craigthom
02-23-2011, 17:31
And it's unlikely to be harmful if sealed, even if it turns out to be not very good.

callmeox
02-23-2011, 17:53
Make sure it didn't turn brown. If it did, you may have some issues.

MarkEdwards
02-23-2011, 18:24
Make sure it didn't turn brown. If it did, you may have some issues.

Likewise, if it has a strong ethanol aroma.

ErichPryde
02-23-2011, 20:49
capeot-

are those the screw cap beam's choice? if so, you're in for a treat. old beam decanters with corks SOMETIMES suffer (although not always, I've popped quite a few that were liquid golden), but the screw tops, decanters or otherwise, rarely do.

and if it's beam's choice... those are good bottles of whiskey. I suppose if you're not a bourbon guy or not a beam guy, you might not like them though.