Drinking Beer and Whisky (and some other stuff) in the City of Brotherly Love
Friday, February 24, 2012
Half drunk bottles
Most people I know who drink whisky aren't worried to much about saving it. Once a bottle is cracked, it's fair game until it's empty. That's what it's for, right? But now and then, you get a bottle that you want to savor. Either it was out of your usual league pricewise, or it's a rare find. As long as the bottle is more than half full, that's fine. But less than half and it will start to oxidize after a few months. If you don't believe me check out an experiment conducted on this L.A. food blog: whisky, age, and oxygen. So, what can you do to prevent blowing through the bottle in an effort to preserve it's peak taste? Re-bottle it. I will say as a full disclaimer I lifted this idea straight from my favorite bourbon blog, Sour Mash Manifesto. Read Jason Pyle's post about whisky storage here. I ordered bottles from Specialty Bottle, I chose 2oz and 4oz boston rounds. When they came in, I washed and dried them (learn from my mistakes, don't do this in the dishwasher, the gunk gets in the tiny bottles and it's a pain in the ass to clean them out). Then I chose a few whiskies that I had that I wanted to preserve. I bottled up the rest of my Van Winkle 12, and of course the George T. Stagg. And a few others that some of the readers out there may discover later...Now it can sit on the shelf as long as I like.
The end result looks pretty cool:
A hobby gone too far? Maybe it's a little crazy, but that's part of the fun. The key is using some form of label to not forget what you've done.