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@dougwatts
dougwatts started a discussion

While idling through various whisky discussions and posts on social media I've stumbled across the concept of a "cork wetting day". I've found little detail about it but it seems that people upturn their bottles every now and again to wet the cork and stop it drying out. If this is a thing it has somehow passed me by. However, since I opened a prized 21 year old Glengoyne a few months back, only to find the cork had dried out and ended up in the whisky itself, this topic is now of interest to me. Do people do it? Do people swear by it? And for those with big collections, how regularly do you do it? And for a bonus mark, is there any risk in starting now with bottles that have not had their cork wet in eight years or more? (I wondered if a cork was very dry then wetting it not might do more harm than good, in terms of polluting the actual contents of the bottle). Thanks.

2 months ago

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@RianC
RianC replied

Longest I've had a bottle in my stash is probably 3 - 4 years and I have far fewer bottles than many here. For what it's worth though, I do give mine an inspection every now and then and usually upend the bottles for a few seconds.

Some corks are just bad though, or very brittle, and there's not a lot you can do about that I guess?

2 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@RianC Kind-of makes the argument for artificial closures...

I'm seeing that on a few things...like Little Book.

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RikS replied

Yes, I actually do it once in a while. And, as a general rule - every time I pour a dram from a bottle. Do I swear by it? Nah, haven't really had any particularly dramatic cork experiences, but since it's something that apparently happens - as in your case - I "just do it".

2 months ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

Good topic @dougwatts Between screw tops and artificial corks wine drinkers are experiencing a lot fewer “corked” wines. The whisky industry might want to take note. I do wet my corks when I think of it, but I have a lot of unopened bottles that have been around for years that have never had their corks wetted. I had the cork break right where it joins the cap on a pricey bottle of AnCnoc 22. I made a hell of a mess trying to get the rest of the crumbling remains out of the bottle. Thanks for the reminder to wet corks occasionally.

2 months ago 0

@Hewie
Hewie replied

@dougwatts this is an interesting idea. I had assumed (I know, I know, never assume anything) that there would be sufficient 'humidity' i.e. vapour within the bottles to keep the cork damp (as long as the bottles are stored somewhere with reasonable relative humidity). I'm a litlwe hesitant to upend my bottles - I get a bit nervous when I see video reviews where they shake the bottle about and agitate the contents. Maybe I'm just being overly cautious.

2 months ago 0

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