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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.
    Normal is an illusion. What is normal to the spider, is chaos for the fly.

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Also, don't get it wet or feed it after midnight.
    My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment.
    I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by callmeox View Post
    Also, don't get it wet or feed it after midnight.
    Very funny ................
    Normal is an illusion. What is normal to the spider, is chaos for the fly.

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    I am learning a lot from you guys. I have found that under an 1/8 bottle, those last 2 or three shots, the air must oxidize the bourbon as it does seem to loose something.

    When I find something I like and I can afford to, I buy a bottle or two extra and store it. Almost 60 and when I retire, buying bourbon at $50 or more a bottle may be a strain.
    So I am tucking a few bottles away now.

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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..
    The liver is evil. It must be punished...

 

 

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