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Allowing the bottle to rest on its side?

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Allowing the bottle to rest on its side?

Postby ScotchPalate » Sun Jun 10, 2007 6:02 am

My brother is storing his scotch, and he wants to know if he can rest the bottle on their side, like wine is stored.
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Postby killerwhale » Sun Jun 10, 2007 7:07 am

I don't know but perhaps the higher ABV in whisky would eat the cork after a time.... probably not a great idea.... stand'em up is my uneducated opin.....

now let's here from some experts.... :thumbsup:

btw; it may be a good idea to contact a distillery and get their opins.....
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:38 am

Whisky should be stored upright.
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Postby les taylor » Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:21 am

The labels on the bottles look better standing up as well.



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Postby vitara7 » Sun Jun 10, 2007 12:05 pm

always upright, i went into a shop in barcelona and was going to buy an old bowmore bottling i seen in the shop, it was the 21yo in the black letherette box, it was sitting on its side due to the height of the box and the shelfs not being high enough, opened the box to check the bottle and there was a fair bit of angels share out the bottle, i put it down right away to sitting on its side, and the bloke had told me it had been sitting like that for years.
needless to say i didnt buy the bottle due to the fill level in the bottle and always check a bottle before i buy it in a shop.
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Postby Di Blasi » Sun Jun 10, 2007 12:14 pm

There are a few threads that offer lots of helpful information regarding this topic, just do a search. All my bottles are upright!
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Sun Jun 10, 2007 3:13 pm

No conclusive proof that on the side is wrong but it is not the optimum way to store it...


Usually people suggest up right in a cool area with an all year round even temp if possible...
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Postby Di Blasi » Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:13 pm

I heard from a major and serious collector he won't turn on his air conditioning for his whisky unless the temp gets to 30C. (Now I wonder if that's inside the warehouse or outside. But I think inside.)
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:11 am

I suppose you could store blends on their side as most have screw tops. However, I always keep my SMW upright. Apart from the chance of the alcohol rotting the cork or disflavouring the whisky, whisky corks are not the most airtight of stoppers. Wine is sealed much more tightly (have you ever tried to put a cork back into a wine bottle?) but whisky corks are meant to be reused time and again (well - that's the general idea :lol: )
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Jun 11, 2007 11:02 am

Good point about screw caps Crieftan ... no real issue in how you store a screw cap I suppose and you do get some Malts wit screw caps but usually IB's
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