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Old 09-25-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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How long is liquor good for once you open the bottle?

Take a run of the mill whiskey like Crown or Jack Daniels. Once you open the bottle stored at room temperature without direct sunlight how long is it good for?
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:12 PM   #2
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:14 PM   #3
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It's good for a LONG time.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:19 PM   #4
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Good post, I'd like to know as well.

My Goose and Bacardi always dissapear within days, but the whiskey and the gin has been sitting there half empty for over a year....
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:26 PM   #5
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I had a bottle of Bombay Sapphire that was given to me in 2002, I didn't open it until 2007 and it was fine. But that bottle was unopened, I'm curious about liquor that has been opened already.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:29 PM   #6
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back in highschool I used to drink and sell alcohol I would find in my basement. Ancient bottles that had been open since the 70's. The taste wasnt the greatest but it will still get you drunk
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Liquor easily age 10+ years. In fact ione of the more famous liquor in China is one that you stash away when a daughter is born and only opened when she's married.
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Ethanol in its purest form is stable for years. With all the sugar and other additives in liquor it depends on the bottle. I would say for safety for lets say bacteria- you are fine. Alcohol kills all germs. As far as taste goes- it may have aged and it's up to your personal preference whether or not you want to drink it. I do know that wine can go bad though, if not properly taken care of.
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Ethanol in its purest form is stable for years. With all the sugar and other additives in liquor it depends on the bottle. I would say for safety for lets say bacteria- you are fine. Alcohol kills all germs. As far as taste goes- it may have aged and it's up to your personal preference whether or not you want to drink it. I do know that wine can go bad though, if not properly taken care of.
I agree. Wine is especially prone to discoloration and can spoil due to the use of natural corks. Sometimes they are either made of poor qualtiy cork that lets in air that can cause oxidation and cork itself begins to disintegrate over time. Thus the reason why many wineries have begun to use synthetic corks.
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Good to know.. I just didn't know if we should store some liquor we have left over from our wedding while we're in Australia. I hate to get rid of it, it's probably over $1k worth. I guess we could give it away, but I want to drink it.. someday.
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How long are you gone? I'm sure they'll be fine.
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i've got some bottles that i opened a year or two ago and they still taste fine.

edit: this reminds me we have a large liquor cabinet at my cabin (from around 1974 I believe) and a few weekends ago I tried a shot of crown from a bottle with a 1976 tag on it that had been open for quite some time. It tasted just like I opened the bottle a week ago.
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I'd like to know how long something like Bailey's will stay good after opening. Doesn't that have some kind of dairy in it?
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I agree. Wine is especially prone to discoloration and can spoil due to the use of natural corks. Sometimes they are either made of poor qualtiy cork that lets in air that can cause oxidation and cork itself begins to disintegrate over time. Thus the reason why many wineries have begun to use synthetic corks.
Changes in temperature will also hurt the live/longevity of a wine... as far as the corks go, they are natural so some just don't work as well as others..

Humidity plays a big roll as well since a dry climate will help dry that cork out... that makes Jonathan sad
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I'd like to know how long something like Bailey's will stay good after opening. Doesn't that have some kind of dairy in it?
Yeah things like Jager, Kahlua and Baileys don't have a very long shelf life.
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Changes in temperature will also hurt the live/longevity of a wine... as far as the corks go, they are natural so some just don't work as well as others..

Humidity plays a big roll as well since a dry climate will help dry that cork out... that makes Jonathan sad
Don't they store the wine in an upside down incline to moisten the cork so it wont dry out?
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Don't they store the wine in an upside down incline to moisten the cork so it wont dry out?
yes sir... or laying down at least
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I agree. Wine is especially prone to discoloration and can spoil due to the use of natural corks. Sometimes they are either made of poor qualtiy cork that lets in air that can cause oxidation and cork itself begins to disintegrate over time. Thus the reason why many wineries have begun to use synthetic corks.
depends on how you store the bottle.... gota make sure that the cork stays moist and try to keep the climate constant where you store your liquor ... if not then it will dry up and flake and cork your wine or champagne
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When stored in stable conditions whiskey generally gets better with age.
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