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    Storing whiskey

    I was reading this months Whiskey advocate (peat issue) and I noticed guys with huge whiskey collections and a question comes to mind….

    Why is whiskey stored upright as apposed to on its side like wine? Wouldn’t keeping the cork wet increase the integrity of the whiskey by letting less air in? Some of these bottle are decades old.

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    Re: Storing whiskey

    That doesn't work BG because while cork can withstand the alcohol content of wine, even sherry or port, it deteriorates when in contact with the higher alcohol content of whisky.

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    Re: Storing whiskey

    All of the above, and also I believe that the increased vapor of the higher alcohol proof provides for significant moisture in the cork when upright.

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    Re: Storing whiskey

    Or say it dries the cork, then you can tell the wife the levels are dropping due to evaporation because you hafta to store them upright.

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    Re: Storing whiskey

    I store mine upright in my wine cellar, hoping the added humidity helps with dry corks.

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    Re: Storing whiskey

    I store mine upside down with the corks off. my mouth underneath to catch any, um, drips
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    Re: Storing whiskey

    It's really the only way to know the whisky is being properly taken care of.

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    Re: Storing whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    That doesn't work BG because while cork can withstand the alcohol content of wine, even sherry or port, it deteriorates when in contact with the higher alcohol content of whisky.
    What he said.

    FWIW, I've also heard that it's also a good idea to store whiskey out of direct sunlight.
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    Re: Storing whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by fishnbowljoe View Post
    FWIW, I've also heard that it's also a good idea to store whiskey out of direct sunlight.
    Like in my stomach, right Joe? Happy New Year, BTW!
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    Re: Storing whiskey

    I left a bottle of WLW on its side for about 14 hours once. When I came back to it, the wooden top that holds the cork had completely warped, and whiskey had started leaking out of the bottle. I cringe when liquor store clerks retrieve a bottle for me and walk around with it upside down. I won't even let a corked bottle lay on its side in the car as I'm driving home. The only bottles I let sit on their side are those with screw caps, but even with those, only temporarily.
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