Whiskey: Year is it from distilled or bottled?

Whisky is distilled, so now we’re talking ABVs in the low 60%s (usually 62.5%) before aging for many years (3+). Lastly, unless it’s single barrel, they will blend different barrels to achieve the characteristics they want.

Does whisky age in a bottle?

Unlike wine, whisky does not mature in the bottle. So even if you keep a 12 year old bottle for 100 years, it will always remain a 12 year old whisky. As long as the bottle is kept out of direct sunlight, the Scotch Whisky will not deteriorate, even if it is opened.

What does the year on a whiskey bottle mean?

If a bottle of Scotch whisky shows an age statement, e.g. “12 Years Old” means that the youngest whisky in the bottle is at least 12 years old. Scotch is bottled at a variety of ages, from 3 years to 50 years. Grain whisky is most often used between 3 and 5 years old in blended whisky brands.

What does distilled date mean?

The date and year corresponds to the start to the date of the reopening of the distillery. In this case, the whisky was distilled in 2001 as mentioned in the back label (not shown) and 2001 thus corresponds to the vintage. It does not mean that this whisky was distilled on the 23rd of October.

How can you tell when whiskey was bottled?

Most bottle manufacturers molded the year into the glass at the bottom of the bottle in 2-digit format. You’ll often find it in the lower right portion when looking at the bottom (some dates are much easier to distinguish than others). This will usually tell you–within a year or two–when the whiskey was bottled.

Can you drink 100 year old whiskey?

It will be fine to drink an old bottle of whiskey that was opened a few years ago, but kept sealed in a pantry for this long period of time. It might not taste great (especially if it is almost empty), but it is safe to drink.