MoR Mobile β


New Users Please read the thread in the Introductions Section.
Rum Lovers @ the Ministry of Rum

18 years ago in 2003, AGM Magic Alambic was established in Thailand.

Search by Label Name
Other Searches
Ministry of Rum Blog
Rum Events
Member Map
Rum Producers
Retail Index
Bars & Restaurants
Distributor Index
Rum Importer Index
Articles
Interviews
Frequently Asked Rum Questions
Rum 101
Test your Rum IQ
Rum Glossary
Rum Recipes
Ministry of Rum Giftshop
Trade Registry

Go Back   Rum Lovers @ the Ministry of Rum > Sugar Cane Spirits > Rum questions/discussions
Forgot Password?
Register FAQ Members List Unregistered Posts Mark Forums Read

Rum questions/discussions

General questions or discussions about particular brands should be posted here.


Reply
 
    Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-29-2010, 06:34 AM   #1
gmarket
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: London
Posts: 90
Default does rum go off?

i know this thread has been covered already when opening a bottle of rum, but if you have a bottle of rum that hasn't been opened, does it have a shelf-life before it's likely to become undrinkable?
occasionally, you see people selling bottles of rum from previous decades. is it safe to drink?
gmarket is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2010, 01:03 PM   #2
saltgrassbear
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: gulfcoast,7' above sealevel
Posts: 171
Default

As long as the seal is good. oxygen is your enemy.

SGB
saltgrassbear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2010, 01:11 PM   #3
Gray
Senior Member
 
Gray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 56
Default

I think, unopened, the biggest concern is storage. Light and heat can affect the color and eventually the flavor. And if the cork is dry or brittle you risk losing a bit of your rum to evaporation and may get an occasional off taste from the dried cork.

In general, if kept well, unopened bottles of spirits should keep in good shape for a long time. I know whiskey auctions regularly contain unopened bottles that are easily decades old. I remember reading a quote from one auction house's representative that said that, in the bottle, whiskey bottled 100 years ago should taste about the same now. There are obviously some differences in the makeup of rum and whiskey, but I think in general the decades old rum should be fine as long as it wasn't abused in storage.

Once it's opened you'll start to notice a difference, but even then the liquor will last quite a while, though the flavor will mellow and change and may never be at it's prime again (if it ever had a prime). Too much air and it'll eventually go to pot.
__________________
Every day I learn something new about rum. And every day I realize how little I know.
Gray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2010, 05:08 PM   #4
rumdog007
Senior Member
 
rumdog007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Posts: 1,178
Default

All of the above.


And, I have sampled wonderful rums that are from bottles 30, 40, 50 60 years ago. I really love drinking those old finds.
__________________
"Person-to-person call for Kowalski. Person-to-person call for Kowalski.
Can you hear me, Kowalski
?"
rumdog007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2010, 07:27 PM   #5
Gray
Senior Member
 
Gray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 56
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rumdog007 View Post
And, I have sampled wonderful rums that are from bottles 30, 40, 50 60 years ago.
60 years??? Mannnnnnn... I need to find me some of that.
__________________
Every day I learn something new about rum. And every day I realize how little I know.
Gray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2010, 08:10 AM   #6
Edward Hamilton
Founder
 
Edward Hamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Sailboat in the Caribbean and hotels.
Posts: 4,796
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rumdog007 View Post
All of the above.


And, I have sampled wonderful rums that are from bottles 30, 40, 50 60 years ago. I really love drinking those old finds.
I enjoy them as well, especially if the still contain alcohol. Before 1960 there were a lot of bottles with cork closures and lead seals, not a good combination.
__________________
.
Edward Hamilton
Ambassador of Rum
Ministry of Rum

When I dream up a better job, I'm going to take it. In the meantime, the research continues.
Edward Hamilton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2010, 09:41 AM   #7
neatdrinker
Senior Member
 
neatdrinker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: long island, new york
Posts: 77
Default does rum go off?

After having read an older post by Ed, wherein he explained the whole cork, screw top controversy, as well as the process of oxidation, shelf-life of opened bottles (especially those with a lower level of liquid, or opend often).
I had started to save good wine corks, especially the synthetics, and immediately replaced the caps or corks on new purchases if I felt they were not as secure as i liked.
Having a farly large rum collection I also went back and changed every bottle as needed. All of my bottles are have been started. some i could not find a good size replacement cork.

I recently found a source to solve the problem as best as possble-
There is a company- "WIDGETCO.COM". They sell all kinds of neat stuff, but have an amazing variety of closures.
If you go to the cork section, you find they have 3 levels of quality:
Standard- Suitable for dry goods and standing liquids;
Premium- Suitable for transporting and laboratory use;
Extra select- Suitable for fine spirits and pefumes.
They explain the difference and have photos of what constitutes poor quality vs good cork.
They come in over 30 sizes, have no minimum purchase, free shipping, and are really inexpensive.
I bought a some each of about 8 sizes of the Extra Select.
What a difference from the pitted, poor quality cork that comes with even some very high end rums. I replaced every cork or screwcap in my collection that I was not satisfied with.
They may not look as good in my display as the originals, but not important to me, as the rum itself.
neatdrinker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

  Rum Lovers @ the Ministry of Rum > Sugar Cane Spirits > Rum questions/discussions

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -3. The time now is 08:39 AM.


Rum Chat
Recent Posts
El Dorado 12 Year Old New Blend
posted by bunnyhugs
El Dorado 12 Year Old (UNSWEETENED!)
posted by Berbician
Early Autumn Special Offers at Waitrose
posted by Berbician
What's happened to this site over last few years, it's a ghosttown!
posted by bunnyhugs
Anyone else banned from the Ministry of Rum Facebook Group?
posted by bunnyhugs
Flor de Cana 12 Year Old
posted by Berbician
Mount Gay Black Barrel
posted by Berbician
Last month this site was viewed more than 750,000 times by the best people in the world - those who appreciate rum.
Ministry of Rum on
facebook link
Follow @Ed_Hamilton on

vB ver 3.8.6 Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content on this forum copyright 1995 - 2014 Ministry of Rum.