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    Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    I am curious to know how long a bottle of bourbon lasts opened and unopened as well as if others considered corked bourbon preservation.

    1) How long will bourbon taste great unopened?
    2) How long will bourbon taste great after opening it?
    3) Do stores throw out old bourbon or does it sit there until one of us grabs it?
    4) Does bourbon get better, worse, or go unchanged in the bottle sitting in your bunker unopened for two years?
    5) What is the best way to keep corked bourbon? Is it necessary to keep the cork wet i.e. lying it on it's side like wine?

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    1. Decades
    2. Years if not several years
    3. No and yes
    4. That's a matter of opinion
    5. Standing up! DO NOT KEEP THE CORK WET! IT WILL RUIN IT! The high alcohol content is corrosive (some call it cork rot) at best unlike the lower alcohol content of wine.
    I've never tried GTS with any sort of soda. Maybe I'm missing out; but I'm OK with that.

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Thanks a ton smokinjoe!
    -Guy Debord

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    There are 2 smokinjoes...i'm smknjoe. Just didn't want anyone get their panties in a wad (not you Joe.)

    ...and no problem, Guy. Any time.
    Last edited by smknjoe; 10-24-2013 at 06:01.
    I've never tried GTS with any sort of soda. Maybe I'm missing out; but I'm OK with that.

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    I've honestly never had an open bottle crap the bed after a few years, though some report all kinds of nasty changes and degradation in quality. I just revisited an '08 WLW last night that's been open since '09 and is now just under half full. It is still superb whiskey and I'm glad to have stretched that bottle's lifespan nearly five years, as I enjoy it immensely each and every time I come back to it. So my advice is not to worry about it too terribly much and just drink it as you wish, whenever the mood strikes.
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Also do not keep your bourbon in direct sunlight.
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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by unclebunk View Post
    I've honestly never had an open bottle crap the bed after a few years, though some report all kinds of nasty changes and degradation in quality. I just revisited an '08 WLW last night that's been open since '09 and is now just under half full. It is still superb whiskey and I'm glad to have stretched that bottle's lifespan nearly five years, as I enjoy it immensely each and every time I come back to it. So my advice is not to worry about it too terribly much and just drink it as you wish, whenever the mood strikes.
    Where is the Like button on this thing .

    Someone (maybe Jason Pyle) also mentioned that when your bottle gets really low to put the bourbon in a smaller bottle. Having a tall bottle with a lot of air in it can impact flavor preservation if you are not ready to drink that last 2 ounces. Sounds reasonable to me.

    Thanks so much.
    -Guy Debord

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Hey guy there is a discussion goin on over here about small amounts left in bottles/smaller bottles etc

    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...e-finished-off

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Guy I've had bottles open for years without any problems, whisky (or any distilled spirit) is very stable. Exposure to more oxygen will gradually oxidize the whisky somewhat but some folks prefer the softening effect that provides.
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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by smknjoe View Post
    There are 2 smokinjoes...i'm smknjoe. Just didn't want anyone get their panties in a wad (not you Joe.)

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    I've had the pleasure of meeting both Joe's, and they're both smokin/smokn..
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