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#1 Okey

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 10:35 PM

I bought some Brandy to top up and fortify my port kits. I was wondering if I could save it to top up my other port kit or will it lose it flavor or oxidize quickly.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 04:42 AM

I have a bottle of brandy on my kitchen counter that I use for cooking (and sipping while I cook) that has been opened for a couple months. Brandy is a distilled spirit and does not oxidize like wine.
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:15 AM

No, it won't keep, go drink it right now! Kidding! Brandy has such a high alcohol content that it will keep very well. I've drank brandy that the bottle was open for 20 years and it was great!
I have some 1958 whiskey that's been in a crystal decanter since the early '90's and it's still fine, though a sip every few years is about right for me.
Keep a lid, of course, on the brandy or it'll evaporate.
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:58 AM

Okey, if you send me that opened bottle, I will be happy to see how long it will last!

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 10:29 PM

OK Wade, I just have to ask, how do you possibly keep a bottle of 1958 whiskey decanted in the 1990's? I would not have the will power to keep it that long.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 06:17 AM

Jrocco,
I'm a wine and brandy drinker, not that crazy about whiskey. But mainly it was already old and hardly touched when I got it, and it just seems like it should be protected a bit. Besides I've been looking forward to trying 50 year old whiskey! And then maybe 60 year old whiskey! etc. smile.gif
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 05:40 PM

My dad gave me a bottle of Crown Royal that still has the old fashioned seal on it. It was given to him by the doctor that delivered me. It's only a few years from being 50 years old. SO AM I. I think I have decided to keep it sealed until I retire. It's only about 8 more years. LOL
As for how I resist, I have another bottle of Crown, a bottle of scotch and a few other spirits for when then feeling hits me. What else could I do? ha ha wink.gif

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 06:51 PM

QUOTE (DrunkSkunk @ Dec 21 2007, 06:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My dad gave me a bottle of Crown Royal that still has the old fashioned seal on it. It was given to him by the doctor that delivered me. It's only a few years from being 50 years old. SO AM I. I think I have decided to keep it sealed until I retire. It's only about 8 more years. LOL
As for how I resist, I have another bottle of Crown, a bottle of scotch and a few other spirits for when then feeling hits me. What else could I do? ha ha wink.gif

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 07:54 PM

QUOTE (Merilyn @ Dec 21 2007, 08:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love these stories !! If you have children, have you thought of passing this bottle to your first born?

. . . what a story this bottle could tell !! luxhello.gif



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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:42 PM

QUOTE (Wade's Wines @ Dec 20 2007, 09:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No, it won't keep, go drink it right now! Kidding! Brandy has such a high alcohol content that it will keep very well. I've drank brandy that the bottle was open for 20 years and it was great!
I have some 1958 whiskey that's been in a crystal decanter since the early '90's and it's still fine, though a sip every few years is about right for me.
Keep a lid, of course, on the brandy or it'll evaporate.
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Is it LEADED crystal?? Just wondering . . . sad.gif

http://www.goaskalic...a.edu/1890.html
For reader number two (last, but still leaded), beverages alcoholic or non- must not be stored in crystal decanters that contain any lead because this mineral can leach out into the drink. Acidic liquids, such as fruit juice or vinegar, increase the leaching effect. Your decanter will still be beautiful filled with colored water, or with your favorite beverage right before the toast. Regular use of leaded crystal glassware is not recommended, particularly for children and pregnant women (because of lead's harmful effects on fetal development).

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:59 PM

Wade, it must be a real treat when you take a sample. I wish I had this opportunity 20 years ago. If I buy a bottle now I'll be in my 90's buy the time it reaches 50 years.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 10:18 PM

I think you can probably buy 50 year old bourbon, but it won't be cheap. This was given to me in about '94. It said 14 year old whiskey on the label but had a date of '72 on it, so that makes 1958.
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Posted 22 December 2007 - 11:19 PM

Thanks for the input. I racked my Choc Ras Port into three 1 gal jugs and added a cup and a half of Brandy to one of them. Not sure if it is more or less than what others add or what the ABV is but it tasted good. I think I will wait a few months and compare with the other two. One look at the Pearson Square made me think I should have paid more attention in school.

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