Storing Whisky

7 July 2016

There comes a time when you wonder what will become of all those open bottles of whisky. We’re here to help!

 Storing unopened bottles

Whisky in unopened bottles doesn't become better (or worse) during storage. Whisky only matures in the cask when it has contact with the wood of the cask. The bottles must be stored upright.

If you're a collector and want to store whisky for a longer period of time, you have to give more thought to it. First of all, the temperature should be lower than room temperature. The lower the temperature, the less whisky evaporates. An additional cap on top of the cork can also help, but take care that the cap doesn't soil or damage the original sleeve. This would reduce the value of the bottle, as would sealing wax.

Storing open bottles

It’s best to keep these, like any other bottles of whisky, in a place that has low temperature and minimal light. A bottle is worth storing if there are at least two thirds remaining – after that the oxygen begins to alter the taste of the whisky, as there is more room for it to breathe.

Try investing in Polyseal caps for those already-open bottles of your favourites, or invite a few friends over, to enjoy the last of your favourite single malt.