Tips to store your whiskeys

Tips to store your whiskeys

Proper storage is important in maintaining the quality and flavour of your whiskeys. Unlike popular practices on wine storage, some rules do not apply to your bottles of whiskey, or your favourite spirits like rum, tequila. 

Here are some tips on how to store your whiskeys:

  1. Store upright: If your bottle has a cork closure, as is the case for many whiskies, aged rums, and tequilas, moisture is also important. While wine is typically stored upright to keep corks hydrated, the best way to store liquor is upright, so the cork isn’t exposed to harsh alcohol. Whiskey has a higher alcohol content, which can degrade or crumble the cork over time and potentially impact the flavour if the bottle is stored on its side. Do shake the bottle once in a while (once a month is a good gauge) to keep the cork a little moist to prevent breakage when you eventually decide to open the bottle for enjoyment.

  2. Protect from light: Whiskies are sensitive to light, especially sunlight, which can cause them to deteriorate and lose flavour. Store your bottles in a dark area, such as a cabinet or cellar, to protect them from direct light exposure.

  3. Control temperature and humidity: Extreme temperature fluctuations and high humidity can negatively affect the quality of whiskey. While Singapore does not experience extreme temperature changes, our humidity level is not exactly the best. To provide a constant stable environment, we recommend to store your bottles in a whiskey aging cabinet or cellar with a controlled temperature (ideally between 15-20°C). 

  4. Avoid strong odours: Whiskey can absorb strong odours from its surroundings, potentially impacting its flavour. Store your whiskies away from strong-smelling substances like cleaning agents, spices, or perfumes to preserve their original characteristics.

  5. Keep away from vibrations: Vibrations and constant movement can disturb the sediments in whiskey and affect its overall taste. Store your bottles in a location where they won't be subject to frequent shaking or vibrations.

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