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Can alcohol go bad?

Angie2BAngie2B Posts: 543
edited 1:24AM in EggHead Forum
I have a bottle of Maker's mark bourbon that was opened at least 4 years ago. Would it still be good or is it like beer and can get "Skunked"?
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  • KeithwwKeithww Posts: 62
    How would most of us know, we've never had a bottle open more than a few days. No seriously, It should be ok, as long as the top was tight. The bacteria that lives in wine dies when the alcohol content goes over something like 20%, as do most living things. Just give it a quick taste, nothing it will make you sick.
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  • 407BGE407BGE Posts: 187
    It will keep almost indefinitely. Once put into a glass bottle there is no real activity to make it go bad.

    Bourbon in my house does not tend to last nearly as long ;)
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  • Angie2BAngie2B Posts: 543
    Thanks...as you can tell we are not big drinkers.
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  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,351
    Your dilemma is one that definitely requires a tasting competition (preferrably blind). Buy a new bottle (lg.), invite your neighbors & friends and see who will win the "age" test. Have an ample supply of ale on hand so the sippers can frequently cleanse their palates. Have a nice day and let us know how it goes! (tomorrow will be OK) 8 - )
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  • Rusty RoosterRusty Rooster Posts: 1,239
    Remember too that it is aged for years in a oak barrell before you get it.
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,777
    ive only seen alcohol go bad once, back when i was in my teens. dads bottle of vodka almost looked like pure water with egg whites dripped into it. not fit for drinking. :whistle: your good to go
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  • DarnocDarnoc Posts: 2,661
    I doubt it.One of the best tasting rums that I ever had I found in a kitchen cabinet that was twenty five years old and left from the previous owner.Bourbon should have a shelf life well beyond that.
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  • TomM24TomM24 Posts: 1,364
    Beer gets skunky when the hops react to light. Put a bottle of heineken out in the sun and it will be get skunky fast. No hops in the bourbon so your good to go.
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  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,351
    Way to go! I once had a taste of rum that dated back to the days of Sam Lord's Castle and it was gooooood!!!! 8 - )
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  • I wonder what happened there??????
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  • BoatmanBoatman Posts: 854
    Send it to my house and I will dispose of it for you, it is my bourbon of choice B)
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  • DarnocDarnoc Posts: 2,661
    I like the way that you cleanse your palate.
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  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    When you have teenagers, your vodka and tequila bottles get condensation in the bottles, wonder why? -RP
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  • Rusty RoosterRusty Rooster Posts: 1,239
    Could condensation be a long spelling for spit? :laugh: :whistle: :laugh:
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  • Angie2BAngie2B Posts: 543
    Are you saying the kids are replacing the liquor with H2O? :woohoo: :woohoo:

    I can remember when I was a kid, we always swiped my dad's peach brandy to make catfish bait. You know he never ever said anything about it. I would probably have a cow, if my kids did that now. :woohoo:
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  • EggtuckyEggtucky Posts: 2,746
    Angie..didnt read the rest of the posts..but I live in Kentucky..where Maker's is made..in fact.. in my job, they are a customer of mine..trust me...it's still good...drink it! :P :woohoo:
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,270
    My dad made wine when I was a kid in the 60's. We had a pool then and it was costing a fortune to keep the guests imbibing. It ended up costing him twice as much to serve the homemade. Something he referred to as seepage.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,270
    Keithww,

    An astute observation ;)

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Ding ding ding ding you win :laugh: -RP
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  • CecilCecil Posts: 771
    Should be fine as long as top was sealed. I have had liquor with pour spouts on them and found very sleepy fruit flies floating.

    Walt
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