How to store Bourbon?

In the brief guide, we are going to answer the question ‘How to store bourbon’ with depth analysis of what consequences are present inside it.

How to store Bourbon?

Higher proof bourbons are widely accepted to keep longer than lower proof bourbons. Bourbon that has been properly sealed and stored will keep its flavour profile for many years. The high alcohol content is intended to keep it fresh indefinitely by freezing its esters, congeners, and volatile alcohols in delayed animation.

Does bourbon ever go bad?

Yes, once you open a bottle of bourbon, it will expire. Bourbon and all of its premium qualities have a shelf life of two to eight months if stored properly and away from any light source.

A properly stored and sealed bottle of bourbon, on the other hand, can last for decades and is perfectly safe to drink. It has a high alcohol content, which inhibits the growth of bacteria, 

making it safe to drink even after a long period of time.

How do you take your bourbon?

Pour half a glass of bourbon into a wide-mouthed glass to begin drinking it. Allow the bourbon to settle for a few seconds before placing your mouth on the edge of the glass and your nose over it to smell and taste it simultaneously.

Is Bourbon better served hot or cold?

There are typically two ways to appreciate bourbon whiskey on its own. Purists prefer to drink it neat, which means without ice and at room temperature. Some people like to add a few drops of water to their whiskey to “open up” the aroma.

Why not keep bourbon in the fridge?

Keeping spirits in extremely cold temperatures can significantly alter their flavour. If you want to keep the flavour as the distiller intended, keep the bottle on a shelf, cupboard, or in a liquor cabinet.

Maintain the bottle’s upright position. Some wines should be kept horizontally or at an angle. Not so with bourbon, which should be stored upright. If you turn your bottle on its side, the cork will be soaked in the fiery liquid. The natural wax will eventually melt, imparting unpleasant flavours to the spirit.

Keep the bottle in a cool, dark location. It is best to keep your bourbon away from heat and sunlight, as with all spirits. Again, this will help to preserve the taste and colour of your drink, allowing you to enjoy it to the fullest when the time comes.

How should open bottles of bourbon be stored?

Of course, you can’t blame yourself for wanting a taste of your prized bottle of bourbon, even if you don’t intend to finish the entire bottle.

Can Bourbon Be Stored in a Decanter?

Decanters have an airtight seal that is slightly less than that of bottles. As a result, they are a slightly inferior method of storing bourbon than leaving it in a bottle.

However, that seal still does a good job of keeping oxygen from entering the decanter. Pouring bourbon into a decanter is perfectly acceptable if you intend to drink it within a few months. In such a short time, the difference in flavour between bourbon in a decanter and bourbon in a bottle will be negligible.

What is the best way to store the remaining liquor? 

Don’t put off finishing the rest for too long. Ideally, you should finish the bourbon within a few months of opening it. 

Bourbon, like all spirits, continues to oxidise after you open the bottle. If you leave it too long, it will lose a lot of the flavour and colour that make it so unique.

Remove the cork. The cork that came with your bottle of bourbon does an excellent job of preserving the spirit’s quality. But once the seal is broken, it’s a completely different story.

What is the shelf life of bourbon?

Don’t be concerned if you come across a bottle of bourbon that hasn’t been touched in many years. If it hasn’t been opened, the flavour should be the same as it was the day it was bottled.

However, if you come across an open bottle, all bets are off. It will not make you sick, but the flavour will vary depending on where it was stored, how long it was stored, and how much liquid was in the bottle.

As previously stated, the more alcohol in the bottle, the higher the quality. If there’s only a little left in the bottle and it’s been sitting in the cabinet for a few months, the taste will be quite disappointing.


In the brief guide, we discussed answering the question ‘How to store bourbon’ with depth analysis of what consequences are present inside it.


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