How should I store my bottle of Single Malt Scotch Whisky?
We recommend that you store your bottles of whisky out of the sunlight and in a cool and dry place. If you store your whisky in direct sunlight this can result in the whisky lightening in colour. Storing your whisky out of direct sunlight also prevents the label from fading. In much older bottlings of Malts, corks were not of the same quality that they are today and the corks sometimes deteriorated over time and spoiled the contents of the bottle. Due to the quality of corks used in today’s bottlings there should be no deterioration, and there should be no problem storing your bottle upright as the alcohol vapour in the bottle should be sufficient to keep the cork moist and prevent it from drying out.
How long can I keep a unopened bottle of Single Malt Scotch Whisky?
If your bottle of Whisky is sealed and stored in a cool dry place you should be able to keep a single malt indefinitely. As we mentioned above, be aware that corks in very old bottles have a tendency to deteriorate.
How long can I keep a bottle of Single Malt Scotch Whisky once it has been opened?
There is no exact answer to this. Once the bottle has been opened, the length of time the Whisky inside will retain its character all depends on how much air is in the bottle. The air in the bottle interacts with the remaining whisky and will start to alter its character. Therefore the more you drink from the bottle the faster the deterioration of the character of the remaining Whisky in the bottle. So if you have a bottle with just a little left for too long this will result in much faster deterioration.