I'm hosting a big cocktail party in a couple of weeks. One of the cocktails I plan to serve is the Harvey Wallbanger. It's been years since I bought Galliano...and I'm surprised how pricey it is...especially since I don't need a large amount.
Well guess what? I have about 3/4 of a bottle of Galliano in the back of my liquor shelf in the pantry. However, it may be old enough to be considered an antique. If I had to guess, I'd say it's probably 15 years old!
It's been so long since I've had a Wallbanger, I don't remember what Galliano is supposed to taste like! I took a sip...still very sweet. No crystallization or debris in the bottle...pale yellow color. It's been stored in a dark place this whole time...upper shelf, so it may get a little warm in summer.
What do you think? I can I save myself another $35 and use this Galliano? I don't want to seem like I'm just being cheap...I hate to throw out something that well work just fine.
But budget is a consideration somewhat too...and I really want to serve Wallbangers (I'm doing 2-3 other cocktails and lots of food)!
when i was a kid (and into young adulthood) my parents had a bottle of it in the liquor cabinet for at least 15 years. It tasted ok, as far as Galliano goes. I don't think the aging hurt it appreciably. I never much liked it myself. There's other licorice flavored liquers that i like better.
Liqueurs, unlike most spirits, definitely lose flavors and quality over time. Especially in a bottle with a broken seal. Galliano has a lot of vanilla notes that disappear pretty quickly. Vanilla is very volatile. If you taste that 3/4 bottle side by side with a new bottle you might not think they are even the same product.
I concur. Oxygen in an opened bottle depletes the flavor and alcohol content until you're left with colored sugar syrup. I had mine sit in the bar cabinet for about nine years before I chucked the contents, removed the label and made it into a bathroom candlestick next to the tub. Hey, at least its useful!