Cheap Ways To Protect Your Whiskey
The water of life, also known as whiskey, has been around for thousands of years. When you have that amount of time to perfect your methods of production and storage you come up with some interesting ways to keep the precious elixir in its best condition. In this article, we cover the entire spectrum of whiskey protection methods from simple solutions to complete baller options. So, without further ado, here are the best cheap ways to protect your whiskey.
Storing your whiskey at the correct temperature is paramount in keeping it in tip-top shape. In an ideal world, all us whiskey lovers would be able to have a proper cellar to store all our favorite vintages of scotch, bourbon, or Tennessee’s finest at the perfect temperature. Since the world we live in is far from ideal, the majority of us will have to turn to alternative methods.
Just for reference, the ideal temperature to store most distilled spirits is between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. So, all those years of putting your liquor in the freezer have actually been hurting your experience not preserving it. If you live in a place with air conditioning, the floor of a closet, or somewhere that doesn’t receive a lot of light is a much better place to store your whiskey. If you’re like me and enjoy your whiskey chilled so it doesn’t evaporate in your mouth, try using whiskey stones or ice to chill individual portions.
If you’re a daily drinker and enjoy sampling different vintages on the regular, you might want to consider getting some decanters. Oxygen and alcohol do not mix. So, opening and closing a bottle of whiskey can dull or even taint the flavors over time. Storing your whiskey in separate decanters will keep the favor-killing oxygen from the majority of your stash while you enjoy your nightcap.
When choosing a decanter, make sure to find ones that are air-tight. This way, no more oxygen can enter the bottle and spoil your expensive scotch. The prices for these decanters vary but you can find some pretty elegant designs for as low as $20. For instance, Paksha Capitol Glass Decanter is on sale on Amazon right now for just $19.99. This decanter is made completely of glass and has a perfectly matched glass stopper to keep your whiskey tasting amazing.
The Whiskey Vault
If you have deep pockets and a thirst for the finest whiskey, check out the Whiskey Vault. This beautiful hunk of steel and bulletproof glass costs a whopping $6,000 and is built to even keep Daniel Ocean out of your private stock. In the base of the Whiskey Vault is a solid teak wood cabinet. This is useful for the bottles you’re already drinking, decanters, and other booze supplies. As far as whiskey storage goes. this is about as good as money can buy, besides adding a wing onto your house or a lockbox at the bank.
All in all, however, you choose to store your favorite whiskey is up to you but there are a few things you need to remember. Keep your whiskey in a cool dry place, always store your bottles standing to preserve the cork, and never forget to share it with a friend.
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Drew Blankenship is a former Porsche technician and lifelong automotive enthusiast. Recently, he began writing for several websites and is enjoying the career change. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and their dog Enzo.