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    How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Is there a rule of thumb on this?

    Do most spirits change over time once they have been exposed to a little air?

    Wine can actually improve the next day, but after than most start to turn sweet or vinegary.

    Bourbon too?

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    How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    Is there a rule of thumb on this?

    Do most spirits change over time once they have been exposed to a little air?

    Wine can actually improve the next day, but after than most start to turn sweet or vinegary.

    Bourbon too?
    This has been discussed at length so do a little searching to find more, but short answer: open whiskey will last a very, very long time.
    Jim

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    May in fact outlast some of us.

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    May in fact outlast some of us.
    I'll never let the whiskey win.

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    That's the spirit.

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    That's the spirit.
    Very Clever.

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Geez! Bourbon don't never go bad! I'm betting that there is absolutely no one on this site who has ever had a boourbon go bad. Sometimes ot changes over time after the bottle is open but the usual opinion is that it gets better (especially the wheaters) with a little air.
    If God made anything better than bourbon he must have kept it for Hisself.

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Right after I drain the last drop.

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    I was once cleaning out a condo and found 2 half full bottles of bottom shelf scotch that were undrinkable. They had been sitting there for around 30 years. There was also a mostly full bottle of Dewars that was just fine though.

    I was very young at the time and remember thinking to myself that I had a real goldmine on my hands... Dewars aged for 30 years!

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Danger View Post
    bottom shelf scotch that were undrinkable. They had been sitting there for around 30 years.
    There's a good deal of anecdotal evidence that bottles significantly less than half full become less desirable when left that way for several years. If there's any lesson to take away from this I imagine it is to drink your whiskey, especially after it hits 1/2 to 1/3 full.

 

 

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