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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.
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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.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    FYI:
    I've only ever had one bottle lose anything appreciable by being opened and unfinished for a while. I had a bottle of 4-Roses Limited Edition Small Batch from 2010 that did lose a bit on the nose (aroma) after being left at under half full for almost two years. It still tasted almost the same, however. I did also have a bottle of Pappy-23 that improved after about a year of being opened and a few drinks poured out of it (the nose didn't change too much, but the palate was much better). Go figure, eh!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by callmeox View Post
    Also, don't get it wet or feed it after midnight.
    "Feed Me Seymour! Feed Me!"

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by BourbonGuy View Post
    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.

    theres a lotta good stuff under $30, even a few good ones at $10-15. not many people on here badmouth HH 6 BIB or VOB BIB....I agree, theyre generally not as good as a $40-50 bottle of your favorite, but id be content with that if my funds were tight!

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Thanks all. My mind is at ease.
    -Guy Debord

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by BourbonGuy View Post
    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.
    A word of encouragement: You may very well find in retirement, with the mortgage paid off and the kids through college, that your disposable income actually goes up even if the actual dollars go down.
    Even so, it doesn't hurt to have the bourbon equivalent of a fully funded 401K
    If God made anything better than bourbon he must have kept it for Hisself.

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Question: found a 2000 EWSB bottled in 2010 at local store, is it good?
    -Guy Debord

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    Re: Bourbon Shelf Life / Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Debord View Post
    Question: found a 2000 EWSB bottled in 2010 at local store, is it good?
    Absolutely. 100% expectation of it being good.

    Which leads me to the ultimate shorthand rule for whiskey - it's all good unless it isn't.

    The only real enemies of whiskey are oxygen and sunlight. If the cork holds and the bottle is stored away from direct light the whiskey will be good for a very long time. Guys are buying stuff from the 60s and 70s, an EWSB 2000 would be a good buy in 2050.

 

 

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