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jebert
02-01-2005, 13:48
Hello,

I recently bought a few bottles of good bourbon to last a couple years, and I was wondering about general principles of storage. My plan was to store them at room temperature (in a slightly dry climate), out of direct sunlight, with the bottles resting horizontally (by analogy to wine bottles, as both are corked). Does this sound OK? Unnecessary?

Thanks!

clayton
02-01-2005, 13:54
Most of the bourbonati feel that storing bottles upright is preferable. The reason being that high-alcohol liquids such as whiskey will eventually eat through the corks.

Otherwise, it sounds like a good plan.

jeff
02-01-2005, 16:31
I agree. I think upright in a dark, cool spot is the way to go. Welcome to Straightbourbon.com! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

wrbriggs
02-01-2005, 19:01
Just to weigh in with what others have said. Wine-style storage will eat through your corks. Store the bottles standing upright, and just check the corks from time to time to ensure they aren't drying out too badly.

cowdery
02-01-2005, 19:03
with the bottles resting horizontally (by analogy to wine bottles, as both are corked)



We get this question, with that particular assumption, every so often. I always gasp. Thank goodness you came to us. Absolutely do not store whiskey bottles "sideways" (as per the film title), regardless of the closure, but especially if they are corked. If they have been that way now for a few days or even weeks I'm sure no harm was done, but after months and years you could find your treasures ruined.

The saddest thing is, this is about the only mistake you can make in storing whiskey. It actually keeps extremely well virtually forever.

gr8erdane
02-01-2005, 19:17
As for the drying out of corks, I do what Bobby Cox advised me to: Every couple of months I pick up the bottles and tip them until the bourbon touches the corks. That should keep them from drying out and yet not subject the cork to too much alcohol deterioration.

wrbriggs
02-02-2005, 04:11
The saddest thing is, this is about the only mistake you can make in storing whiskey. It actually keeps extremely well virtually forever.



Despite your signature to the contrary? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

I do enjoy that joke, though. Gave me a good chuckle first time I read it.

ikewillett1
02-02-2005, 09:43
Thanks for bringing up this topic. I have wondered about the proper way to store bourbon and its general shelf life many times. The replies on this page have provided clear answers to these questions.