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Open bottle for how long?

Postby alikamal77 » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:46 am

Hi, how long can an opened bottle of scotch be kept for? I store it in a cupboard at room temp. What happens if the opened bottle is stored for a really long time? Say 5 years or something? Thanks in advance for your insights!
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Re: Open bottle for how long?

Postby Ganga » Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:59 pm

There exists varying opinions on this. If you do a little research, you will see that there is at least one thread discussing this topic.

I have had bottles open for more than 7 years, some of which had a finger or less at the bottom for over a year. The big deal is the amount of air exposure. Corks will go bad and allow air to move to and from the bottle. There are a few ways of minimizing this. I know folks that get the equivalent of shrink wrap and others that use electrical tape around the cork.
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Re: Open bottle for how long?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:18 am

Ganga:
Also they make inert gas that is sold in wine stores which you squirt into the bottle and then rapidly cork it. I have some and neglected to use it on a wonderful HP that I owned. It ended up tasting like sour branch water, not pretty and sadly I had the wherewithal to save it.

Lesson learned? Not really. I still haven't tried it on any bottles to date.

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