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Old 12-15-2013, 04:02 AM
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Default how long does whiskey last?

I got a glenlivet 12 yo about 2 months ago.
been drinking some every week.

now i have like 1/4 left.

will it start to go bad?
ill be going on home for semester break, so the bottle will sit for ~~ 1 month at ~~ 1/4 full.
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:57 AM
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No, it wont go bad.

In theory it will last for years. Whisky doesn't go "bad", it will oxidize though so over time it will change it's flavour profile. The less there is in the bottle the more air/whisky ratio and the quicker the flavour will change. Some whisky changes for the better, some for the worse. The higher the strength the less it's affected too.

The most noticeable change is the fruitiness going, and as Glenlivit 12 is a fruity light malt at 40% it will be more noticeable. I'd say, for that whisky at 1/4 full, try to drink it within a year to maintain the quality you'd expect.


....bare in mind that it's spent 12 years inside casks which are breathable with a headspace (air gap) over it's length, so a few months isn't going to do it any harm at all. Infact it'll probably let the flavours open up more.
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