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Call your local liquor store. They'll tell you accurately REAL QUICK! I had some questionable Vodka that had been opened, chilled, left in the car trunk, so forth and so on, and it was GREAT! Never would have tried it without their input. On the other hand, my Vodka's partner had to be trashed once it was opened.
If the tops were on tight it should still be good, even the brandy.
I once found some whiskey that had been sitting around for 50 years and it was fine
if they have been opened and dusty for years
they will be drinkable
but they will have a musky taste
so if you are going to drink them---it's best to pour them through cheesecloth first
it will help remove some of the dust and settlement from the bottles
Shelf life of whiskey, vodka, gin etc.?
I found some dusy opened bottles of gin, brandy, whiskey, crown royal behind a shelf in my grandmother's house. What exactly is the shelf life of vodka, gin or brandy after it has been opened. Are they any good after many years of sitting? I heard that brown liquors such as brandy, cognac or crown royal will get some people sicker as opposed to white liquors like vodka, gin that I heard doesn't make people that sick. Is this an urban myth? I want to use the gin in lemonade or make a screw driver, but is the potency gone out of the liquor. I found one bottle of brandy that has the seal date of 1971 and it is half full. I don't think I would drink that. But I would like to know about the gin.