21st October 2019

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Can you get sick from drinking old alcohol?

Well, you certainly can get ill if you drink too much Port—or too much of anything, for that matter. Overindulging will almost always lead to unpleasant symptoms. But it sounds like you're wondering if a wine spoils as it gets older, and the answer is no. The alcohol acts as a preservative.

Likewise, is vodka still good if left open?

The evaporation from earlier will occur at a faster rate if a bottle of vodka has been opened, but it will not happen in just a year or two. After a decade or so, vodka will slowly loose its flavor possibly making it taste terrible. However, vodka will not go bad.

How long can you keep an open bottle of rum?

Basically, the shelf life of rum indefinite. As long as it's unopened and the seal isn't compromised in any way, the rum should be as good twenty years from now as it is today. After opening the bottle the shelf life of rum stays indefinite, but it slowly (depending on how well it is stored) deteriorates.

How long can you keep an open bottle of whiskey?

Second, most experts agree that if you have less than half the bottle left, you should finish it within 1-2 years. If you have a quarter left, finish it within 3-4 months. The oxygen in the air oxidizes the whisky, which can impact the flavor. Alternatively, you can always use wine preservers like Private Preserve.