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Question about serving 40yr old Eau de Vie/Joe H. please read

shellymck | Aug 25, 2004 11:20 AM

I am getting married in two months. My family has been saving for the occasion a bottle of eau de vie produced by a farmer in Normandie in 1965, a gift from an exchange student we hosted in the 90s.

How do I determine that the bottle is still safe to drink? Some light sediment has accumulated but the liquid is still clear and the cork is intact (held in place with wire like a champagne cork). Does eau de vie get decanted? What would bad eau de vie taste like? There is no flavor marked on the bottle--it's marked "eau de vie" not calvados, marc, poire williams or other.

We would like to serve it as a digestif but I don't want to kill anyone. Our reception is at a restaurant but they don't have a sommelier and I'm not sure a bartender would know enough to make this determination.

Can hounds please advise?
Thanks very much.

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