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Old 03-11-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Real old rums are they drinkable?

When i see pics of real old rums i sometimes wonder how they would taste, are they still drinkable?
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:39 PM   #2
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If the seal hasn't been broken and the liquid level is still high the spirit is probably alright. However, if the seal hasn't been broken and the liquid level is low you can bet that the spirit has lost at least some of its alcohol, flavor and taste. Most seals weren't designed to last twenty years.
I was recently given a bottle of unopened vodka that was only about 2/3 full. Most of the alcohol was gone.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:25 PM   #3
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I acquired a liquor cabinet from a deceased relative some years ago. Looked like it had sat untouched for at least 20 years. Just normal stuff, nothing unusual or rare.

All of it was pretty much undrinkable. Clearly, some of the alcohol had evaporated and what remained was overly syrupy and stale.

Evidence that even tightly screwed caps are not air-tight.
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:02 AM   #4
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when my grandfather passed away i got some of his old liquor. this was in the late nineties. most of it was open, old and fine if a bit smoother than normal. the star in terms of age and quality were two bottles of alleged pre- prohibition Jamesons from a case he and my other grandfather split right before the law went into effect. One bottle was open and half gone. The other was unopened, i think the shoulder was very slightly low. both were incredible.

on the other hand i threw away a bottle of jim beam that had some yellowing to the label. it had turned murky, and strange things swirled around when i shook it. i chose not to taste or smell it to preserve my good health.

so my anecdotal evidence says most of those rums are just fine, but some might be horrifying. if the bottle if thick and cloudy, i wouldn't try it.
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Originally Posted by BStout View Post
if the bottle if thick and cloudy, i wouldn't try it.
Cloudiness may also come from a maltose lactose anaerobic bacterial infection which is capable of adding to flavour.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:38 PM   #6
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:51 AM   #7
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I have a bottle of 1943 Ron Superior Barcadi bottled in San Juan. Wire seal and tax stamps still in tact. Bottle looks as full as the day it rolled down the production line. Do you think it's still viable? And does it have any real value?
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