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"Old" Bailey's Irish Cream - moved from General Chowhounding board

gridder Mar 6, 2009 02:57 PM

I have an unopened bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream that says "ideally consumed by" and has a date of 9/2008. My new bottle says - "Best Taste Before" 8/2010. So, would you drink the first bottle? Maybe refrigerate after opening? Or, chuck it?

And on a related note, do you refrigerate Baileys after opening? My dad says to b/c it has "cream" in it, but I never have.
Thanks!

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    Steve_K Mar 7, 2009 07:29 AM

    Baileys has a shelf life of 30 months, though their guarantee is 2 years from the day of manufacture, so it should be okay until the end of the month.... though things are never that exact.
    It shouldn't curdle however, it will just go rancid - the whiskey can only preserve cream for so long.

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    1. re: Steve_K
      gridder Mar 8, 2009 10:52 AM

      Cool - thanks.

    2. mrgrotto Mar 7, 2009 05:26 AM

      I'm pretty sure Bailey's stopped using real cream in the recipe years ago. Real irish creams with actual cream like Coole Swan should be refrigerated. Bailey's - not so much.

      Open it. If it's bad, you'll know it.

      1. jinx342 Mar 6, 2009 03:24 PM

        I've had "bad" Bailey's Irish Cream before -- it will curdle... however, I've never refrigerated it at home, or back in the day when I was a bartender. That doesn't mean it won't spoil, but...hmmm... to answer your question on whether or not anyone would drink it...you know, I would drink or at least try, the "Old Bailey's"... see if you can tell if it's spoiled -- usually, when things aren't opened, oxygen hasn't had the opportunity to get into it and change the chemistry of things...
        My veterinarian and my doctor have both told me (and I learned in college too) that most medicines have at least six months past their expiration date...so, I'm thinking, Bailey's -- you could be safe. You'll know in under 10 seconds if you're not.
        Good luck!

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        1. re: jinx342
          Bryn Mar 6, 2009 03:39 PM

          I've had curdled bailey's too. Just refrigerate it. It is better than the alternative.

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