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Preserving the Spirit: How Long Does Scotch Stay Good?

Scotch, also known as whiskey from Scotland is considered as the world’s leading drink.

It is a stable drink, which means, unlike Sherry or any other wine, scotch remains at its original state once bottled.

Well, if the scotch does not evolve once bottled up, does it mean it will remain stable even after it is open?

This question probably takes you back to your whiskey stash, where you have bottles that have been open for months to a few years.

And now you’re wondering how long does scotch last? Or could it go bad at all? Will it be safe to consume a bottle that has been open for a year? Etc.

Thus, to find the answer to these questions, let us discuss its storage, shelf life, and learn more about scotch from this article.

Does Scotch Go Bad? How Long Does Scotch Last?


Scotch, just like gin, triple sec, or every other high proof alcohol, has an almost indefinite shelf life. We say ‘almost’ because there are chances it could lose its flavor and quality when it comes to opened scotch bottles.

And for an opened bottle, its shelf life is shorter, like the dairy-based alcohol Bailey Irish Cream, about 2 years.

But as long as your scotch is bottled up and stored in a cool and dark place, it will remain as it is, except for some slight changes in quality over time.

However, once the scotch bottle is opened, the degradation of its taste begins. But the speed on how fast it deteriorates depends on the amount of alcohol left in the bottle.

The lesser the quantity is, the faster the degradation process will be.

So, for an opened bottle, the shelf life of scotch cuts down from 6 months to 2 years.

However, you can slow down this process of change by transferring the alcohol to a smaller bottle with an airtight lid. This will minimize the oxygen glow and retain its taste for an extended period.

Likewise, for an unopened scotch, proper storage is vital so that it retains its best quality for a long time, as the alcohol will evaporate slowly with time, a bottle of very old scotch may not taste as great as how it is supposed to.

To do this, Whisky says that scotch must always be stored upright in the cellar or a cool place and away from sunlight to avoid bleaching of the color pigments.

If you follow the storage guidelines diligently, then the scotch can last comfortably for more than ten years.

How To Tell If Scotch is Bad? Scotch Shelf Life!


You’d have to taste the scotch to find whether or not it has gone awful. If it feels good enough, then you can continue to enjoy the drink, otherwise toss it out.

Besides, since scotch is a high proof alcohol, it is almost impossible for mode and bacteria to grow; thus, it is very unlikely for scotch to go bad.

If you always leave your scotch bottle tightly sealed once you are done, then you don’t have to worry about it going bad.


Even if scotch rarely goes bad, if you let air and other contaminants get inside the bottle, then its taste will be compromised.

So, if you would carefully seal the bottle and leave it where it belongs, then you can continue to enjoy your scotch at its best quality.

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Does Scotch Go Bad? How Long Does Scotch Last?

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Shelf Life
Servings 1 Serving


  • Scotch
  • Origin container
  • Labels and markers


  • Read the guide thoroughly to learn how long it lasts.
  • Label your container with the content and date and keep track of how much youu0026#x27;re using!
  • Make sure to store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (pantry or fridge).
  • If frozen, thaw in the fridge before use. Always check for signs of spoilage before using.
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