We have read with interest the postings on: “How long does a bottle of whisky last once opened” and ”Taste preservation” under Questions & Answers.
Most answers discuss the need to keep excessive air out of the bottle by decanting into smaller bottles when the level goes down. Also, temperature has been discussed—not too much heat. I only found one reference to “storing it in a dark place” ---thanks Puck
From: PuckJunkie Jul 25, 06: “1) Keep it corked 2) Store it in a cool place 3) Store it in a dark place - the box works well
4) Keep your roommate/partner/pet with excellent taste from drinking it and replacing consumed liquid with water”
I just recently read Kevin Erskine’s storage recommendation in his Instant Expert’s Guide to Single Malt Scotch:
“Once opened and exposed to air, however, whisky MAY degrade…dependent on the whisky and the storage conditions. …The carton is more than just pretty packaging. …If you are not storing your whisky in an enclosed bar or cupboard, any single malt you purchase should be stored in its carton.”
I find this a bit of a shame because we get visual enjoyment of the various shapes of whisky bottles and the various colors of the whiskies in the clear bottles.
I now have noticed that most Islay distillers appear to want to protect their single malt by using dark bottles and wonder why most of the other distillers don’t.
Does anyone know if it is safe to keep opened whisky in these dark colored bottles out on an open shelf?
Judging from the photos of various whisky collections under “Whisky Chat- Your Whisky Pictures Wanted”, many of you out there store your whisky in cartons as well as in bottles on open shelves. We now do a little of both as well as put the dark Islay bottles out front to protect the clear ones in the back.
Bob & Jill