For Storing Whisky
The Right Way
Safely stowed, a bottle of The Glenlivet can be enjoyed months, or even years, after opening. As a general rule, a cool, odor-free environment of medium humidity is best to ensure your favorite whiskies are kept in tip-top condition.
Here’s what you can do to make sure all your bottles of whisky, including those exceptional bottles of single malt scotch you have sitting patiently in the cabinet, are best stored.
AVOID DIRECT LIGHT
The sun may be able to lift your spirits, but it’s not a friend to whisky. Over time the sun’s rays can potentially deteriorate the condition of a whisky, as well as cause the label to fade. So, be sure to always store your whisky away from direct sunlight.
KEEP YOUR BOTTLES UPRIGHT
Whisky bottles should never be stored on their side since the alcohol could degrade the cork, which could lead to some not-so-welcome flavors in your next glass of scotch. Be sure your whisky always stands tall.
TILT, TILT, TILT
While we’re talking about the cork, here’s something that is a good whisky storage idea. Once a quarter, tilt your bottles so the whisky soaks the cork. This will help keep the cork moist, thus keeping oxidation at a minimum. Once you’re done make sure they’re left standing tall once again.
DOWNSIZE TO UPGRADE
Many of us have a particular bottle reserved for special occasions. Maybe you have a bottle of The Glenlivet 25 Year Old or you’re lucky enough to have one of the 100 bottles made of The Winchester Collection 1966. No matter what the whisky, if you’re intending to keep it for a long time, it will retain more of its vibrancy if you decant it into a smaller bottle once there is roughly half left. This is because whisky can oxidize over time, losing some of its perceived character. By decanting it into the smaller bottle there will be less interaction with the air.
DON’T STORE IT. DRINK IT.
We understand saving those bottles. And we always want you to drink responsibly. But make sure you’re not just storing bottles of fine Scotch whisky and never getting to enjoy them at their best. So, be sure to make time to call some friends over for a whisky tasting or just pour a dram for yourself. We’ll always make more.
So now you know how to keep your whisky properly stored, it’s surely time to pour yourself that dram in celebration, right? Slàinte!