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Understanding Tequila's Shelf Life and Proper Storage

For tequila enthusiasts, one common question arises: Can tequila expire? Let’s delve into the secrets behind the longevity of tequila and how to ensure it retains its taste and quality.

Tequila's Creation Process

Tequila, like many other distilled spirits, originates from the fermentation of sugars present in the blue agave plant. This process involves yeast consuming the sugar and converting it into alcohol. The strength of tequila is determined by its alcohol content. For example, Celosa Tequila boasts an alcohol content of 40% by volume.

After distillation, tequila might be bottled instantly or undergo aging in wooden barrels for varying periods. Aging imparts a smoother taste, tweaks its flavor profile, and gradually changes its color.

If you’re interested in the comprehensive steps of tequila production, check out our detailed guide:

Tequila Production in 7 Steps. 

With meticulous fermentation, tequila can have a lifespan extending several years or even indefinitely due to its high alcohol content. However, incorrect storage can negatively impact its taste and quality.

Blue weber agabe being harvested in Celosa Tequila's field.
A bottle of premium Celosa Rose Tequila in French oak red wine barrels storage

Storing Your Tequila the Right Way

To keep your tequila in prime condition, store it at a temperature ranging from 50-55° F (10-13° C). While liquor cabinets are perfect for this, if you’re in a warmer region, consider a shaded cupboard, shielding your tequila from sunlight’s warmth.


Avoid areas with drastic temperature fluctuations, such as near windows, and refrain from keeping tequila near heat sources like stoves or heaters.

After Opening: Ensuring Your Tequila's Longevity

Once opened, will your tequila still remain drinkable for long? Fortunately, even after opening, tequila has an impressive staying power.


Though the taste might shift from its peak quality over time, appropriate storage ensures your opened bottle retains freshness, quality, and flavor. 

Store Celosa Tequila away from direct sunlight, in a cool and dry environment. Always use a tight-sealing lid to prevent oxidation which can gradually erode the tequila’s aroma and taste.


A good practice is to transfer your tequila to a smaller container after consuming half of it, especially if you drink occasionally. This minimizes air in the bottle, slowing down the oxidation process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you refrigerate tequila?

Avoid storing tequila in fridges or freezers, as it might alter its flavor and aroma.

How long does an unopened tequila bottle last?

While an unopened tequila bottle can last upwards of 5 years, it’s best consumed within a few years to prevent any changes in taste due to evaporation.

Does tequila mature in its bottle?

Once bottled, tequilas cease to age or improve.

Spotting a ‘bad’ tequila:

Tequila has a near-endless shelf life unless mishandled. If in doubt, rely on your senses. An off-putting aroma or taste indicates compromised quality.

Health risks with old tequila:

While the chances are slim, avoid consuming tequila with a foul taste or scent. Though rare, old alcohol can sometimes harbor harmful bacteria.

What causes alcohol to deteriorate?

Liquor’s quality can be affected by three main factors: light, temperature, and air exposure. Properly stored, spirits like tequila can virtually last forever.

Extra añejo tequila - Celosa's ultra-aged bottle series

Drink Confidently with Celosa Tequila

With this newfound knowledge, enjoy your Celosa Tequila, knowing you’re sipping on a spirit stored in optimal conditions. Remember, the key is not just about longevity, but also about preserving the authentic taste and aroma.

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Chilled rosé tequila served in a wine glass



Chilled rosé tequila served in a wine glass