- The answer to the question ? How long does bourbon last? is a matter of quality, not safety, assuming proper storage conditions - when properly stored, a bottle of bourbon has an indefinite shelf life, even after it has been opened.
To maximize the shelf life of bourbon for quality purposes, store in a cool dry area away from direct heat or sunlight; keep tightly closed when not in use.
Once a bottle of bourbon is opened, the contents may begin to evaporate slowly and some flavor may be lost over time, but the bourbon will remain safe to consume if it has been stored properly.
How to tell if bourbon has gone bad? The shelf life of bourbon is indefinite, but if bourbon develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded for quality purposes.
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