Whiskey doesn’t age in the bottle. In fact, it’s quite inert. Assuming it’s properly stored, whiskey won’t change much itself in the bottle. What change it does see has to do with oxygen exposure, light exposure, and temperature fluctuations—and all of these things are generally bad for it.
Then, how much is a 50 year old bottle of whiskey worth?
Only an infinitesimal number of special barrels have gone the distance of 50 years, and their rarity and longevity always command top dollar. Current offerings of 50 year old scotch, like Dalmore, can cost as much as $60,000 a bottle, making others, like Benromach, look like a veritable bargain at $14,500.
Secondly, can you age scotch in a bottle?
Addressing one final question that often gets asked when it comes to whisky storage, whisky does not “age” like fine wine does. Whisky matures in the cask. Once it’s been distilled, you can’t mature it in the bottle.
Which is the most expensive whiskey in the world?
Most Expensive Whiskey
|Wine Name||Region||Avg Price|
|The Macallan 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – Highlands, Scotland||Highlands||$123,913|
|The Macallan Lalique 72 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – Highlands, Scotland||Highlands||$122,515|
When whisky is first distilled and sealed up in its barrel, it’s more like moonshine than what you’d expect from a spirit like scotch or bourbon. Instead of golden-brown, brand-new whisky is perfectly clear and tastes a lot like the malted barley it’s made from.
Unlike some wines, whiskey doesn’t improve with age once it’s been bottled. … Even if the whiskey is drinkable, which it very well could be in the broadest sense of the term, there’s no way to tell for sure whether it will taste very good.
As you should know by now, whiskey can go bad, but that only happens in some contaminants find their way into the bottle and the alcohol will be exposed to air for a long period of time. … It might not taste the best (especially if the bottle is half empty), but it will be safe to consume.
Unopened liquor has an indefinite shelf life. Opened liquor lasts about a year or two before it goes bad—meaning it starts losing its color and flavor. Don’t use a liquor for well drinks if you won’t use the whole bottle within two years. It does not generally become toxic, though.