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    storage of Bourbon

    We just recently bought a bottle of Maker's Mark and we have been storing the almost full bottle in the freezer. Is this bad or does it matter?


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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    It is generally best to store whisky upright in a cool place out of direct sunlight. I would take it out of the freezer ASAP.


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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    Jimmy Russell at Wild Turkey says he keeps his Rare Breed in the freezer.

    I used to be a pretty good chemical engineering student. I can't think of a thing storing bourbon in a freezer would hurt.

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by ratcheer on Sun Jan 27 17:19:12 2002 (server time).</FONT></P>

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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    I was under impression the only whiskeys that would NOT freeze would be those containing a minimum 50 percent alcohol (100 proof) or more, such as Rare Breed. Now I'm curious -- how do lower proof whiskeys like Makers fare?

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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    Storing bourbon in the freezer is unnecessary but harmless.

    I'm not sure at what proof/temperature combination spirits will start to freeze, but I know that an 80 proof spirit (the lowest level available for whiskey, vodka, etc.) will not freeze in a typical home refrigerator freezer compartment. Lots of people keep vodka, dutch gin and Jagermeister in the freezer (I'm one of them) because they like to drink them chilled, but not diluted with ice. I tried that with bourbon once and didn't care for the result, but in theory at least it should work.

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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    My question on this subject is almost the opposite. What happens when the bourbon is in a hot area? Liking my bourbon neat and at room temperature the idea of freezing the bourbon does not appeal to me. I have been told that the ideal storage of bottles of bourbon in a cabinet sitting up, but to turn them over once in a while to keep the cork moist. Is this correct? Also, being that my son was born in 1990 I purchased a bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel 1990 that I plan to give to him when he is an adult. Since this is nine years away, I was going to store it in a footlocker in the attic. Like most attics it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Will the hot or cold damage the bourbon. Also, since I am probably going to forget about it for a few years should it be stored on its side to keep the cork moist or is this a bad idea? I am worried the bourbon will absorb a flavor from the cork.


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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    The nice thing about bourbon, or any other straight spirit for that matter, is that there is very little that can hurt it. Its only really enemy is oxygen. If the bottle is full and soundly sealed, oxygen won't be much of a problem either. If it gets very hot, it is possible that expansion of the liquid could cause the seal to fail, but this seems like a long shot too. I probably would store it upright. Putting it in something like a ziplock bag might give you a slight additional measure of security and prevent it from getting dirty.

    Just for the record, though, whiskey does not improve in the bottle. Aging stops when it is removed from the barrel. The bottle you buy today shouldn't be any worse in 20 years (or 100), but it won't be any better either.

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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    I wouldn't put that bottle in thew attic. If it gets too hot like Chuch said, the cork will pop out. I've had that happen in my car, and I know it can easily get that hot in an attic in the summer.
    Keeping it on it's side should not hurt it. That would only be a problem if the cork is "corked" as in a bottle of wine. If the bottle is "corked", the whiskey is already bad.
    Julian


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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    I have had expensive bottles of VSOP cognac with the corks just crumbling to pieces. Stupid French quality control. You would think they would try to hold up their reputation.

    When it happens, I just seal the bottle with a piece of Saran wrap held in place with a rubber band.

    I have never noticed a bad effect on the brandy, though.

    Tim


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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    I have stored many bottles of 80 proof vodka and gin in the freezer and never had one freeze, yet.


 

 

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