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  1. #11
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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    I'm with Yeti, when it gets down 2/3 drink it up, or better yet, have friends help you by bringing 'round their near empties.

    In my experience older whiskies and lower proof whiskies are more susceptible to negative oxidation.

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    So if it's 80 proof and there's a third or quarter of the bottle left, kill it.

    Have a party, go on a bender, do whatever it takes!

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    How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    So if it's 80 proof and there's a third or quarter of the bottle left, kill it.

    Have a party, go on a bender, do whatever it takes!
    If 1/3 of an 80 proof bottle counts as a bender I should probably reevaluate my life.
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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    That presupposes I had a bottle of 80 proof in the first place.

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by HighInTheMtns View Post
    If 1/3 of an 80 proof bottle counts as a bender I should probably reevaluate my life.


    True. I guess three of them might qualify.

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    How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    That presupposes I had a bottle of 80 proof in the first place.
    Aw come on Squire, haven't you been secretly stocking up on JD rye?
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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies.

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    To be fair to the question at hand many variables are to be considered,cork type,fill level,type of whiskey and even storage conditions.I have never personally tasted a bottle that has actually gone bad,changed yes but never a total loss of profile.I have had several ryes that seem to lose vibrancy just slightly and wheaters as well,but only after several years of being open.I have probably seen the biggest change in an older bottle if Saz 18 and even that wasn't notable enough to cause me to change my habits of storage and decanting to smaller bottles to say the least.Low fill levels in bottles decant to smaller bottles and inspect the cork from time to time and all will be right with your whiskey for years of enjoyment.
    "To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human."
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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    I keep a 20 oz. CO2 paintball bottle for my winemaking and displacing air from individual unfinished bottles. If I know it will sit long enough for me to forget about it I give em a squirt of CO2.

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    Re: How long before an open bottle goes bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Danger View Post
    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!
    It was Scotch of course it was undrinkable
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