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Posted: 9/14/2010 4:40:19 PM EDT
I have an old unopened bottle of Crown Royal. The tax label is dated 1965. Is the whisky drinkable?
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 4:41:34 PM EDT
Should be fine.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 4:42:40 PM EDT
Should be ok. Just keep in mind that once it's bottled it stops aging.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 4:42:53 PM EDT

Maybe...depends on how it was stored.

Ideally, in a constant temperature.

Do you notice the level of the contents down at all?

The product will not improve with age...generally, over time the product will loose its quality.

Link Posted: 9/14/2010 4:44:56 PM EDT
Whiskey is not like wine, it does not continue to age, mature or mellow. Once it leaves the cask and is placed in the bottle it is where it is. If it was 7 years old that is how old it is. Even though it was bottled 45 years ago it is still as old as it was in the bottle and Whiskey does not spoil or turn either so it will be fine. Wine is an entirely different story however.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 4:49:00 PM EDT
I'll be the judge of that!

(depending on where you live in PA)
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 4:52:59 PM EDT
Look at all the reasonable intelligent responses!

Are the 80%ers asleep tonight?

This subject comes up a couple times a year and one time someone actually opened a bottle and drank some. (I believe it was also 60's Crown)

It tasted just fine even though the consensus from the hive was 50-50 on it either being spoiled or being 40 year old aged whiskey and WAY too valuable to drink.

Was yours still full?

As I recall, the other one was only 3/4th full despite being still sealed.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 4:54:30 PM EDT
Should be ok to drink, but its not wine that gets better in the bottle.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 5:29:24 PM EDT
Only one way to know for sure.

It's whiskey. If it was safe to drink when it was bottled, it is safe to drink now, and it would be safe to drink in a thousand years. Pour a glass and enjoy.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 5:31:24 PM EDT
If it has remained sealed then crack it open and enjoy.

If the seal is not intact it's still probably some perfectly good booze.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 5:33:54 PM EDT
If it were mine and the bottle and label are in good condition. I would just keep it as a collectible. Go buy some new if you need a drink.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 5:35:08 PM EDT
Well lucky for you I have a Whiskey disposal center and will safely dispose of it for at no cost to other then the shipping.. You can IM me for details
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 5:36:26 PM EDT
I doubt it would be unsafe to drink. However, it might not taste as good as something newer. Had some old Gin and the taste was poor. Gin is flavored with botanicals whereas whisky is not, so it may have less of a taste degradation effect.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 5:36:39 PM EDT
Once opened it will start to oxidize and go "flat". This is why really good spirits should be enjoyed within a reasonable amount of time after opened. I've actually noticed a slightly flat-taste to Scotch that has been opened for more than three weeks.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 5:43:45 PM EDT
If you so much as take a whiff of that stuff it will make you go blind. If you should actually drink even a drop of it, it will hair lip the Governor and short dick every pygmy headhunter in the Congo. You better send it to me for proper disposal.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 8:13:51 PM EDT
Whisk(e)y ages in the barrel, and does not age in the bottle. But it can degrade in the bottle, if it has been kept open over time, or if it has been stored in direct sunlight, or if it is kept too hot.

Cool, dry, dark, and sealed are the best ways to go. If your bottle has been kept that way, it should be fine. Try it out and let us know.

Link Posted: 9/14/2010 8:15:50 PM EDT
Bring it to Pawn Stars and ask for $5,000.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 8:16:51 PM EDT
Booze should be fine, kept tight, should taste the same as the date bottled.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 8:17:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By chupacabras:
Bring it to Pawn Stars and ask for $5,000.

Seriously, best I can do is $5.00
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 8:21:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:

Originally Posted By chupacabras:
Bring it to Pawn Stars and ask for $5,000.

Seriously, best I can do is $5.00

I'm going to have to call in an expert and see if this really is a bottle.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 8:24:31 PM EDT
With several older bottles of corked liquor I've seen floaties or lowered fluid levels. Cork sucks.

I'd take a drink of it but I also wouldn't be disappointed if it wasn't great.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 8:27:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Sique:

Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:

Originally Posted By chupacabras:
Bring it to Pawn Stars and ask for $5,000.

Seriously, best I can do is $5.00

I'm going to have to call in an expert and see if this really is a bottle.

Great it's a bottle of booze, It's worth $5000 but I can only give you $500.

But it's worth $5000?

Yeah but I've got to make an insane profit I mean run a business.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 8:34:54 PM EDT
Fuck it. What's the worst that can happen?
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 8:41:15 PM EDT
What a coincidence! I am drinking some Canadian Mist that I found at my Dad's house dated Sept. 1979.

I also was wondering if it was safe to drink so I did some research and found out it was just fine.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 8:56:16 PM EDT
I have 2 bottles of 1916 whiskey one opened and one sealed that I acquired. The opened one looks pretty nasty.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 9:03:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 9:20:01 PM EDT
I have a bottle of Crown from 1969, still sealed, stored indoors out of the sun. I contacted the maker, and they said it would be fine to drink. They said it was fully matured when bottled, so there would be no additional "aging."
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