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1916 Old Hermitage Bourbon, 11 yr. old

For medicinal purposes, only! 50% ABV. Its cloudy, but will cheesecloth may get rid of that?  What are the issues with drinking a cloudy bottle?  A well known bar owner says its drinkable.

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Storing Whiskey

Here is something I learned yesterday from Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris: whiskey can go bad once the bottle is opened.

Before the bottle is opened, it will last indefinitely. Keep it stored upright, but tip it over once a year so the cork gets a touch of wetness. If you're planning on storing it for many years, you should seal the top better by dipping it in wax. (This is specific to Woodford, which is capped with a cork and wood, which are breathable. Some whiskies already have a wax seal.)

After the bottle is opened, it will still last indefinitely until the bottle is roughly a third emptied. Until that point enough spirit evaporates into the empty air that the environment is right. But once you've had more than a third or so of the bottle, the air/whiskey balance can throw off the spirit and you may see it turn cloudy and the flavor will go off.

Here's the good news- this won't happen for about two years, so you've got plenty of time to finish that bottle.

This bottle was sealed. I have 3 sealed OH bottles, but two completely dried up with the seals on them. The reason may be poor quality cork and the storage conditions.

In addition, I just had a Longrow CV go bad, even though stored properly.  The bottle was kept in a sleeve. It was opened 6 months and remains 2/3s full.  It is so odd that have to wonder whether something dropped into the bottle without me realizing it. Yet, it was always capped immediately after pouring.  After, seeing the bottle turn like this  is quite a disappointment. 

It is the first time that I have ever experienced this weird gooey slightly darked gook look in the bottle.  I'm fear something dropped into the bottle without me realizing it.  However, is it possible for bad cork to trigger a reaction?  The cork on Longrow CV bottles seem to be looser and perhaps have potentially less quality than others I've seen. This is the third bottle with a questionable cork. Another bottle with what seemed like a defective cork was my Laphroaig QC. Yet, this is the only bottle that suddenly went hazy. 


Have you asked anyone else about this?

I would suggest the followig:

Mark Gillespie from He produces an audio podcast available from iTunes every Sunday night.

John Hansell from What does John Know blog.He has a ton of links from other sites.

Also maybe Master Blender Richard Paterson from Whyte & Mackay.

All are on Facebook.

I'll likely find out on 11/16. Just returned from a Laphroaig Event.