Now personally, I could care less if the bottle has a screw top, or a synthetic stopper. I just don't feel that cork is a really good material. It dries out, becomes brittle, and can taint the whiskey. I would love to see corks start to disappear, but I don't see it happening as corks are more eloquent.
Pendleton has a good compromise by making the stopper out of rubber. It provides a good seal, it doesn't have that cheapness that a screw top gives, and it will hold up over time.
Cork is getting more expensive, apparently, so maybe synthetic is the way to go. I have never had whisky from a bottle with a synthetic cork, so I don't know if it affects the whisky etc., though.
Which is most prone to evapouration?
Basically I suppose people love the soun og te bottle poping when the cork its pulled but you can g tthat from a synthetic cork. I had one on a Japanesse bottle and it did a great job. Nothing like the synthetic corks on wine, more plastic than rubber or foam. Screw caps are very good at their job too. However I've only ever once had an issue with real cork so don't find that bad either.
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However, I do think a good Screw Cap is the very best thing when it comes to preserving the whisky. If they are good, and are maintained correctly, they allow the least possible evaporation, oxidation aso. Also the chance of having a whisky tasting of cork is nill. (doesn't happen often, but it does happen!)
Since I like my whisky for drinking, and not esthetical reasons...it's Screw caps for me
....so I'll go with screwcaps!
I think we discussed once before the fact that screw tops tend to be rather flimsy, a concern when the bottle will be opened and closed many more times than a wine bottle, and will be on the shelf much longer. I am starting to think, though, that a well-designed screw top is the way to go. As in the wine industry, however, resistance to the traditional cork is strong. It has a long-standing association with quality in the mind, while the screw top seems to say "cheap". It will take an unquestioned quality leader to change the zeitgeist, one who will say "We use screw tops because we care about the product", and will have the credibility to be believed.
I have had a bottle or two where the cork disintegrated or cracked but then it was a reason to finish off the whisky. Personally, I simply prefer the look of real cork.
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