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    Alcohol Question

    I'm not much into the finer points of alcohol, I just like to down a cocktail every once in a while.
    Anyway, question for anyone who knows-
    I still have about a half of a fifth of brandy from 3 years ago that I used in some eggnog and it went over well. Will that still be good. Its been sitting in a cupboard so no light exposure?
    I also have a fifth of Appleton Estates rum from Jamaica that is 6 years old never opened.
    Is there a shelf-life on this stuff. I know beer can get "skunky." but is there any types of liquor that should be avoided after certain times?


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    Re: Alcohol Question

    It'll be fine.

    Might even be better than when it started.


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    Re: Alcohol Question

    I wondered about that. I've been told wine gets better with age, but I've never had any around long enough to find out.


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    Re: Alcohol Question

    whisky is all aged before it hits the shelf. wild turkey is aged something like 7 years



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    Re: Alcohol Question

    I think liquor is fine and probably even better the longer it sits. Especially stuff like bourbon and scotch get better with age.


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    Re: Alcohol Question

    a lot of alcohol is aged for long periods of time, so it will be fine.


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    Re: Alcohol Question

    Is it the Appleton Estate V/X or is it one of the nicer ones??

    I went to their plantation while I was in Jamaica this summer.



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    Re: Alcohol Question

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    I think liquor is fine and probably even better the longer it sits. Especially stuff like bourbon and scotch get better with age.
    scotch scotch scotch. i love scotch.

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    Re: Alcohol Question

    Some wine gets better with age. You really need tannins in wine for them to age - which is basically the "harsh" tannins in the wine reacting and settling out to sort of make the flavors more subtle, deep and rich. Generally the sweeter the wine, the less you want to (need to) age it because it doesn't really accomplish anything. Chardonnay is really the only white that does significantly better after aging.

    Beer goes bad because sunlight interacts with some compounds in the hops. That's why you'll find most beer in brown bottles - it blocks (most) sunlight. Beer without a lot of hops can go in clear bottles as there isn't much to turn it skunky.

    Liquor is mostly "dead" and there isn't anything in there that can go bad. The alcohol sort of sterilizes it. Most aging in liquor is the liquor soaking up stuff from what it's aged in (bourbon barrels for instance).


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    Sell it on ebay if you are worried.


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    Re: Alcohol Question

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU BET View Post
    scotch scotch scotch. i love scotch.

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    Look at the top shelf scotch at a liquor store and you won't find much younger than 12 years. You're golden.



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    Re: Alcohol Question

    "Aging" has to do with how long it's in the cask...but when my dad sold the house a couple of years ago, he and my stepmom ran across several bottles of twelve year old scotch that he had been given for Christmas during the gas crisis...circa 1972. Never opened. Cheap stuff might have a problem with the cork, but you're probably about a hundred years from having a problem.



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    Re: Alcohol Question

    It's probably gone bad. Send it to me and I will dispose of it properly.



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    Re: Alcohol Question

    Quote Originally Posted by ajsp View Post
    Is it the Appleton Estate V/X or is it one of the nicer ones??

    I went to their plantation while I was in Jamaica this summer.
    Just says Appleton Special


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    Re: Alcohol Question

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    I wondered about that. I've been told wine gets better with age, but I've never had any around long enough to find out.

    Not all wine is better with age.



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