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Oxidation of whiskey

Postby shizam » Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:48 pm

So I have read that oxidation of whiskey is bad. This is commonly attributed to leaving a half opened bottle unattended for to long. People have described this as causing their whiskey to lose its flavor. However, lets say I have a bottle of burning/ruff tasting whiskey. Since it has way to much "flavor," wouldn't oxidation help mellow it out?
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Re: Oxidation of whiskey

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:00 pm

Sometimes 'yes' and sometimes 'no'. It's next to impossible to predict precisely how a whisky will transform in bottle as the contents are depleted.

As to the phenomenon of oxidation, I personally feel its importance is overstated. (I'm not entirely sure exactly what time frame you're referring to as 'too long', either.) As long as the whisky is stored properly (both before and after opening), I'd say you don't have a great deal to worry about until the contents are significantly diminished. And if you're really worried about any potential degeneration, you can always transfer the remaining contents to a smaller bottle and reseal. I do this quite frequently, and it works like a charm.

As for any possibility of degeneration in the bottle, I'd guess this might (and I emphasize 'might') be an issue more with whiskies that display very delicate aromatic qualities or with whiskies that possess pronounced, rather singular characteristics (such as smokiness).

What IS truly an issue is EVAPORATION! But if you promptly recap any whisky bottle after pouring, this won't be a problem either.
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Re: Oxidation of whiskey

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:30 pm

The Third Dram wrote:Sometimes 'yes' and sometimes 'no'. It's next to impossible to predict precisely how a whisky will transform in bottle as the contents are depleted.

I agree
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Re: Oxidation of whiskey

Postby whiskgeek » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:25 am

I have a friend who says all Scotch whisky gets better as the bottle goes down. But he doesn't let any bottles hang around for more than a few months.
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Re: Oxidation of whiskey

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:49 pm

I think he is just getting more familiar with them
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Re: Oxidation of whiskey

Postby Onefortheditch » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:05 pm

I now don't judge a whisky by the first dram in the bottle as I think it needs some oxidation initially.
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Re: Oxidation of whiskey

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:22 pm

I think that's a reasonable position to adopt, but sometimes the first pour can be amazing and air doesn't help it.
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Re: Oxidation of whiskey

Postby Onefortheditch » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:44 pm

Willie JJ wrote:I think that's a reasonable position to adopt, but sometimes the first pour can be amazing and air doesn't help it.


I've found that after a rare and prolonged period of abstinence!
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Re: Oxidation of whiskey

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:20 am

About 18hrs perhaps?
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Re: Oxidation of whiskey

Postby Onefortheditch » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:18 pm

It's a week for me! :coffee:
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