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I have some old bottles of liquor that I received from my grandmother. One of them is Canadian club with bottled in 1978 written on it. It is in great shape and still sealed. I know the liquor inside is not worth anymore, but is the bottle worth something? Same goes for a bottle of Courvoisier with no date on it. It too is still sealed, the only thing it says is imported by Bellows and co Ltd through the US virgin Islands. It also has a little printed medal say medalion d'or 1889 written on it.. Should I just crack them open? Or might they be worth something? Thank you for your time!

Hi Brian

Distilled spirits are so high in alcohol that they don't change much at all once they're bottled.  These are fine to drink, but won't have appreciated in value.

Because they are major brands, I doubt the bottles themselves will have interest among bottle collectors--but you caan aalways check with  They're the experts in that field!

Hope that helps.

Paul Wagner


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I have spent most of my adult life eating and drinking throughout the world, and can usually remember some of it! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at, where I answer questions about food and drink on the air.


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I have taught at Napa Valley College for the past 20 years.

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Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Company, The Court of Master Sommeliers, Constellation Wines, The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, Vinitaly, Napa County Agricultural Commissioner.

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