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  1. #11
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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    The "flock" is actually some amino acids. They are neither harmful nor helpful, just unattractive. Chill filtering is a 20th century thing, probably post-prohibition. Retailers prompted it. When whiskey got cool and cloudy, the retailers decided it had "gone bad" and tried to get their distributors to take it back. To eliminate the hassle, distillers started chill-filtering to prevent the flocking.

    The filtering medium is typically activated charcoal sandwiched between two pieces of silk. I believe every distiller does it and only Booker's is spared. I know of no other unfiltered bourbon.

    As for the loss of taste, this is primarily a problem when an 80 or 86 proof bourbon is chill filtered. There is less loss as the proof rises. A 100 proof whiskey can be chill filtered with negligible loss of flavor, according to the people who know about these things.

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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

    Guess it depends on how long you actually store it there. If you're lucky enough to have a freezer exclusively for beverages I don't see a problem at all.
    But if you store an opened bottle in a 'typical freezer environment' for a longer period, I fear the whiskey will eventually 'mate' with the other flavors (hmm, hints of cheese and garlic...).


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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    >As for the loss of taste, this is primarily a problem when an 80 or 86 proof
    >bourbon is chill filtered. There is less loss as the proof rises. A 100 proof
    >whiskey can be chill filtered with negligible loss of flavor, according to the
    >people who know about these things.

    I seem to recall that anything over 100 proof doesn't need chill filtering (it
    won't cloud up in the bottle, but will if you use cold water in your glass). Other
    bourbons (besides Booker's) that are rumored to be non-chill filtered:

    Wild Turkey 101
    Van Winkle 10 YO 107 proof and 15 YO (also 107 proof)
    Maker's Mark (isn't this bottled at 90 proof?)

    Just one more reason that these higher proof bourbons taste great.


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    Re: storage of Bourbon

    Indeed, anything we bottle above 100 proof, we do not chill filter.
    Julian


 

 

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