How are you storing your whisky?September 22nd, 2008
With the prices of whisky (and whiskey) going up so much, many of you are sitting on whisky you bought years ago at a lower price, or you are buying now in bulk to save a few bucks. Either way, you’re sitting on some bottles of whisky.
Rich, over at my thread on whisky values, thought it might be a good idea to discuss how we’re all storing our whisky, and I agree.
So, how are you storing your whisky? I’ll start by telling you what I’m doing.
I know that I’m not as meticulous or scientific as some of you might be. I have a bar and a whisky “library” in my basement. My whiskies are all sitting on shelves, upright, and out of sunlight or fluorescent lighting at room temperature.
My “library” is a room leading to my bar which stores all my unopened bottles. (Yes, I plan to drink every one of them, with some help, before I die. They are for eventual drinking.) They are arranged by category and region so I can access them as needed. I don’t put any tape or sealant around the bottle stoppers, but I do keep an eye on their levels. If I see one starting to lose volume, it gives me an excuse to open it up and drink it with my friends or perhaps at one of the whisky tastings I host.
My bar is where I keep my opened bottles, again arranged by category. For bottles that I think I will have for more than 3-6 months, I use an inert gas. There are a few commercial products on the market, but what I use is Private Preserve. I shoot a few quick squirts into the bottle before I put the stopper back on after pouring. The gas displaces the oxygen. I have not had any problems, and it is fairly easy to use and very inexpensive.
What about the rest of you? What works? What doesn’t? Any horror stories you want to share with us?