How should you store whisky?

How should you store whisky?

We all have bottles in our collection that we’re saving for a special occassion. I, as a rule, only buy whisky that I will ultimately end up drinking at some point in the future rather than buying to invest. That doesn’t mean though that I’m going to open every bottle instantly – indeed some have sat in my cupboard for a while now as I ponder the right moment  and event to open them!

This got me thinking though – what is the best way to store my whisky? How should I store it to ‘protect my investment’ so that at some point in the future when I open it, it is still in the condition that it was meant to be drunk?

It is generally accepted that storing whisky out of direct sunlight, away from moisture and keeping the bottles upright is most appropriate way. I did however receive two pieces of conflicting advice this week which has left me confused and requiring advice!

Firstly, an email from a well know distillery suggested that while bottles should be stored upright they should be inverted briefly every so often to keep the cork moist which will prevent it drying out and potentially snapping when you open your prized bottle!

Secondly, I remember reading on a blog somewhere this week, that you should not invert bottles as the constant wetting and subsequent drying of the cork can cause it to contract rendering the air tight seal between the cork and bottle as useless, and thus changing the characteristics of the whisky as it comes into contact with the air whilst being stored!

Both arguements seemingly have their merits – but which approach should I follow, and how do you store your whisky? All advice welcomed.

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