Originally Posted by Unregistered
I am from India and the city where I live has 4 months of summer with scorching 40-45C in the afternoon and 2 months of winter with lowest temp of 18-20C. Rest of the year it is in between 29-34C. I have individual AirConditioners in each room. Everynight my bedroom AC is on (living room off) and in the day time the living room AC is on (BedRoom off) providing the inside temp of 23-26C year round. If I'm in my Hobby room or the HomeTheater room with family, the living room's AC is off (unless my wife or my kid is still using it) so I simply cant move my whole collection of single malts from one room to the other every single day... Also, I can't afford to leave the AC on in one room just for the bottles as the electricity is extremely expensive here.
Direct sunlight is not an issue here but I don't have a basement either. Can I use a wine chiller (custom made to store bottles vertically) with a temp matching my room temp (23-26C) or set to "Cellar like" temp (19C) as you have mentioned? Or how about a Refrigerator?
Hi there! Your situation is really a tough call since you want to avoid fluctuation of temperatures. In this case, I would suggest using the wine chiller set to an ideal temperature for scotch and open the door every so often because what you want to avoid is a very dry environment. There needs to be some humidity. It takes about 10 years for the cork to dry out, so if you are not storing longer that that time frame (I hope not, just drink and ENJOY...), your scotch should be fine. What happens when the cork starts to dry out is air starts to seep in and oxidation (and evaporaton) takes place - that's what can cause the taste of the spirit to change. If you did not have a cool place to store your whisky, then I'd suggest keeping your bottles in the darkest, coolest spot in your home that is consistent. Good luck!