Does Whiskey Go Bad?

Whiskey, unlike wine, does not become bitter and odd tasting once its bottle has been opened. Lucky for whiskey fans everywhere, whiskey stored in a glass bottle in the correct conditions, can last for a very, very long time. Keep on reading to find out more about why whiskey doesn’t (typically) go bad.

Why Doesn’t It Typically Go Off?

Whiskey, as most drinkers know, if matured in a cask when the liquid has contact with the wood. Once the whiskey is removed from the cask, it does not continue to age. So, when you see whiskey in a bottle, you can think of it as frozen in time. As such, as soon as whiskey is bottled, it is no longer maturing. How you store your whiskey is important too. Whiskey bottles must be kept upright, since the cork does not close the neck of the bottle completely. That being said, the most important aspect of making sure that your whiskey is kept from going bad is light exposure.

Light exposure will definitely spoil your whiskey. Why is this? Simply because ultraviolet sun rays bleach out the color pigments in the whiskey over a given amount of time. This means, that your whiskey could end up looking and tasting different if you leave it on your windosill for too long. The experts at suggest that you keep your whiskey in a dark room or within a cabinet to protect it from light damage. If kept properly, you can store this whiskey for ten years or even more.

Collectors who tend to want to store their whiskeys for a longer period of time have to keep all of this in mind, plus the actual temperature of the room or place that the whiskey is kept in. This is because a hotter room could end up in more liquid evaporating out of the bottle, than would evaporate in a cold or cool room. Typically, it is good to keep whiskey in anything below what would be considered an average room temperature.

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