I have some bottles of scotch where I've only had one or two drams from, and hope to enjoy some of that type of whiskey for a long time. But I was wondering if there's a limit you should leave whiskey at?
Will it be fine 20 years down the road, so long as the cork is in it, or does it deterorate the quality?
Thanks for the input;
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Some people pour off quantities into smaller bottles to save it for longer. Myself, I just drink the stuff in a few months and damn the torpedoes!
Most of us here are agreed--once it's open, best to drink it in a reasonable amount of time. Six months to be really safe, two or three years tops, and then only if you are careful.
Closure topics and spoilage have been discussed much here--use the Forum Search function (top of page) to look for "cork" or "spoil" or "deteriorate".
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MrTattieHeid wrote:Most of us here are agreed--once it's open, best to drink it in a reasonable amount of time. Six months to be really safe, two or three years tops, and then only if you are careful.
To be honest, though, I think it is more down to luck than taking care when it comes to which whiskies will last well.
When I first started buying malts, I got a "special" malt for "special" occasions. Because it came out so rarely, the bottle spent a long time on the shelf with increasing amounts of oxygen being introduced each time I opened the bottle.
I returned to it one night after a long absence and poured it, only to find that it was most unpleasant.
It's happened to me with a few other bottles too, although this was more due to neglect...I made the mistake of having too many bottles open at one time. After some hard and determined work, I've managed to get the number of open bottles down to a more manageable 15 or so.
But to be serious for a moment, Admiral, is as usual, correct and around 15 bottles is the right amount to have open at any one time when you are factoring in spoilage. If you have more than that open at some point you're simply going to have friends over to help you out.
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