They say the spirit will eventually eat into the cork, making the whisky "corked". I understand this concept.
However, does anyone have any hands-on info on how long a bottle has to be stored in this way for the consumer to be able to tell the difference? It seems people will not hesitate to bring whisky in their luggage on long journeys, or order it through the mail. In both cases the whisky will more than likely be in contact with the cork for long(ish) periods of time, perhaps many days.
So I guess a week on its side will not destroy a whisky. But how long does it take? A month? Six? A year? Any experiences to share?
Since there's a general consensus among whisky lovers that the whisky will be ruined from prolonged storage on its side, I'm guessing that someone has discovered this pehnomenon from personal experience. Or is it just logic (alcohol will deteriorate the cork, meaning the contents will be contaminated)?
Muskrat Portage wrote:RB;
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I understood that wine was racked on it's side to keep the cork from drying out.
Yes, that's exactly right. And the 12-16+% ABV in wine doesn't do the cork any harm. "First growth" bordeaux are stored for that way for decades. However, some people get them replaced after 20 yrs or so...
mxyzptlk wrote:I've seen many warnings on the web about storing whisky like this (but with contents and cork intact):
They say the spirit will eventually eat into the cork, making the whisky "corked".
I'm not sure what a corked whisky tastes like, but is it different from a corked wine? Wine corks (or wineries and bottling equipment, for that mattter...) can be contaminated with a chlorine-based chemical called TCA which leaves a musty and wet cardboard aroma on the nose and a dead characteristic on the palate.
Is this what everyone is referring to? Or something else?
Two years ago, I discovered a whisky in a customized bottle for her former "beau" who died in 1982. It was not an SM, but I remembered it had a cork. We had a little party of his old friends and drank it on what would have been his birthday - a wonderful way to celebrate the life of a wonderful man. Obviously a blend, it nonetheless tasted very good, with a gentle nuttiness as I recall.
today I found the old bottle stored for posterity...and the customised label( by Alexander Dunn) with his name on it.
I asked my mother if she might just recall how it was stored...upright or on its side. Without hesitation she said "On its side. Why?"
Like i said, it tasted very good, having been on its side for nearly 25 years...
...today i noticed the cork was broken! Good job we drank it all in one sitting!
then again, I once had an Ardbeg with a broken cork...but never one that tasted "off".
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