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I'm not much of a (whisky) drinker myself, and I don't have a clue how long whisky lasts before it goes bad. I'd imagine that an unopened bottle can last for a while, as it's not wine or even beer, but I'd rather ask some experts.
The oldest bottle is from the late 60's, and the earliest that is labeled is from 81. They were stored in a basement storage in a box for most of their life. They are unopened, and most had boxes around them (so there was probably very little, if any, light exposure).
Does light exposure matter? I just took them out of the boxes and put them on a shelf. Is this wise?
Also, if I wanted to drink one of these, for example, could I? How does whisky flavour change over time?
There's also a Cognac and some brandy...if anyone knows about those too...
I don't think they were anything very valuable. I just saw it as possibly good whisky being thrown away. So I can drink these, most likely? I see...
I only have six bottles...
they are Alberta Premium from 1981...
Johnnie Walker - Black Label 12 years old...(at least it WAS...;-P)
Crown Royal from 1979
some 'buton brandy' called "Vecchia Romagna Buton"... (not whisky)
Gooderham's Centennial - seal on it says 1961. I only think it might be worth something because it had it's own carrying case. A pretty stupid reason ;-P
There was also a fine champagne cognac from remy martin...i don't know if this is any good or whatever....wouldn't this have gone bad by now?
It was in it's on little case thing, so i doubt light got at it...
- 1940-distilled, 1948 bottled Weller Bottled in Bond;
- 1941/1945 Old Grand-Dad Bottled in Bond;
- 1959-bottled Old Heaven Hill;
- 1942 Four Roses rye.
While it certainly can happen occasionally, none of these showed the least bit of mustiness or any kind of spoilage. It's been my experience that's generally the rule rather than the exception.
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