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Posted: 10/27/2004 9:28:43 AM EST
My dad has several bottles of Old Grand Dad he received as gifts when he worked. He never drank liqour. Some of this stuff is 30 years old and has never been opened. Is it still any good?
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 9:31:10 AM EST
Send it to me & I'll test it for you. Wouldn't want ya to get sick or anything.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 9:31:42 AM EST
There is one way to find out


If they are unopened, they'll be fine.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 9:32:14 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 9:32:26 AM EST
I've never know hard alchohol to go bad, though it can go kindof stale. Found a bottle of about 20 year old vodka sitting in the back of one of my parents cupboards (they pretty much stopped drinking about 20 years ago and forgot to empty their cabinet). It just needed to breath a bit. Was nasty tasting and smelling when I first opened it. About 20min with the cap off and it was just fine.

Not particularlly familiar with bourbon though. You might as well pop one open and see.

To my knowledge wine and anything carbonated are the only things that can "lose it" in time.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 9:33:16 AM EST
It will be fine. I just had some Crown Royal from 1956.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 9:33:54 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 9:34:50 AM EST
Good bourbon(or any spirit) will never go bad if stored properly. It may change, but it will never go 'bad'.

Main thing that may happen is a strengthening/change of the flavors due to evaporation, but thats not likely for unopened bottles only 30 years old.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 9:34:50 AM EST
I've never had any sit around long enough to go bad...
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 10:11:10 AM EST
Just about the only ways for it to go bad is if dirt, germs or bacteria got in during botteling, if it has a cork and it rots or if it has a screw top and it wasn't on tight. If it has a cork store it on it's side like wine( tilted up slightly so the liquid just hit's the cork). This keeps the cork moist so it doesn't rot but keeps it from leaking.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 10:14:28 AM EST
I've found it to go bad shortly after hitting my tummy. But then again when it comes to hard liquor I'm a pussy. Go figure.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 10:15:27 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 10:16:00 AM EST
Old bourbon ---- Does it ever go bad?


Only after you drink it.

Link Posted: 10/27/2004 10:17:36 AM EST
Just filter it through your kidneys!
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 10:17:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By einnor1040:
My dad has several bottles of Old Grand Dad he received as gifts when he worked. He never drank liqour. Some of this stuff is 30 years old and has never been opened. Is it still any good?



You aught to sell it on Ebay, you might get a ton of money for it, if it's aged this long.


Zen

"This is my rifle, there are many like it, but this one is mine"
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 12:57:16 PM EST
Liquor doesn't "age' after it is removed from the barrels.
It just gets old.
If un-opened, it should be good/okay.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 1:19:55 PM EST
Share!
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 1:30:49 PM EST
If it's unopened, it's fine. If it was opened before, let it breathe, the air trapped in the bottle will be horribly stale.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 1:33:18 PM EST
I thought that it didn't age unless in oak barrels?
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 1:48:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:

Originally Posted By mkgunz:
Just about the only ways for it to go bad is if dirt, germs or bacteria got in during botteling, if it has a cork and it rots or if it has a screw top and it wasn't on tight. If it has a cork store it on it's side like wine( tilted up slightly so the liquid just hit's the cork). This keeps the cork moist so it doesn't rot but keeps it from leaking.



The alcohol would kill anything living (bacteria, spores, etc). The only negative effect of having something foreign introduced during bottling would be on taste.




Alcohol doesn't kill everything. If so we couldn't make it, bacteria makes the alcohol. If you get a contaminate in the bottle during botteling, it can "go bad". However how likely is that? Not very freaking likely. With the higher alcohol content liquor is very very unlikely to go bad, then wines and last and most likely is beer.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:03:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
I thought that it didn't age unless in oak barrels?



YOU ARE CORRECT!
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:48:35 PM EST

Originally Posted By 2whiskeyP:
I've never had any sit around long enough to go bad...smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_7_3.gif




+1
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:35:46 PM EST
ive seen burbon for sale still in the barrel that was made shortly after the civil war. It was a steal at only 100k or so.

im gonna go out on a limb and say your rot gut is still good
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:42:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By SperlingPE:
Liquor doesn't "age' after it is removed from the barrels.
It just gets old.
If un-opened, it should be good/okay.




Originally Posted By treelander:

Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
I thought that it didn't age unless in oak barrels?



YOU ARE CORRECT!


When you all say liquor you do mean distilled beverages, correct?
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:03:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By Stryfe:

Originally Posted By SperlingPE:
Liquor doesn't "age' after it is removed from the barrels.
It just gets old.
If un-opened, it should be good/okay.




Originally Posted By treelander:

Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
I thought that it didn't age unless in oak barrels?



YOU ARE CORRECT!


When you all say liquor you do mean distilled beverages, correct?



Yep. The aging process stops when the distillate is bottled. No more wood interaction, no more "breathing" through the wood, the flavors don't get any more concentrated....etc....etc.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:51:11 PM EST
I've had bad corks before fresh from the store. the proof was way down. twist caps never seem to fail.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:52:30 PM EST
What is old bourbon??
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 5:17:20 PM EST
I have some Crown Royal from 1962 and its fine. I found a partial bottle of whiskey in what was left of a severly delapitated cabin up in the mountains(god only knows how old) and had to try it.....Not something I would recommend But if it has a screw lid go for it.
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