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Unread postby ilagreb13 » Sat Nov 18, 2006 10:58 pm

help
im not an alchohol drinker but I was helping my grandma clean house the other day and found a bottle of jim beam whiskey. Its still sealed up with the pink tax stamp on top but I dont even know if it is still any good. Can somebody please give me some info?

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Unread postby cowdery » Sat Nov 18, 2006 11:14 pm

Whiskey doesn't go bad. The whiskey in the bottle should be exactly as it was the day it went into the bottle.
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Unread postby EllenJ » Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:54 am

Ilagreb13,
You're not stupid. Your concern is absolutely correct... for everything else except distilled spirits (such as bourbon whiskey). Nothing in the world -- NOTHING -- can survive the ravages of time. All things deteriorate and eventually rot.

All things...

Except alcohol. Alcohol is antiseptic. It doesn't rot. It doesn't spoil. Of course, it doesn't improve, either (wine, maybe, but not distilled spirits). The result is that what you find in a properly sealed bottle of bourbon (or rum, vodka, tequila, or scotch) will be identical to what that bottle was filled with, no matter how long ago. One of our greatest pleasures is the feeling of being connected with history. No other product can do that. We have a bottle of Pennsylvania rye from 1916. My mother was born in 1916. When I drink from that bottle, I think to myself, "I'll bet my grandfather bought a round of this whiskey for his friends the night my mother was born. And it tasted exactly like this to them!".
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Unread postby cowdery » Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:05 am

Beautifully said, John.
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Unread postby ilagreb13 » Thu Nov 23, 2006 11:05 pm

Thankyou for all of your help. My husband and I opened it up the other night and it tasted wonderful. I apperciate all the help.
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