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May 25, 2011 12:41 PM

Rum storage

Does Rum need to be stored on it's side as a bottle of wine? Same temp & humidity? I believe the recommended temp for wine is between 10-15C. 70% humidity?

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  1. don't be surprised if this post gets bounced to spirits. Unless you have a cork top i would think it would not matter. Alcohol is not as finicky as wine.

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    1. Short answer: no.

      Long answer: High proof spirits should be stable stored at room temp and upright. My experience shows that spirits change very little in the bottle, even over very long times. Liqueurs are different. Some oxidize. For example, creme de cassis will turn dark brown, form a sediment, and have an oxidized taste. St Germain is said to be best drunk within 6 months, although evacuated and stored in the refrigerator, it keeps much longer than that.

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        1. re: EvergreenDan

          Storing spirits on their side for an extended period can degrade the cork, so as Dan suggests, it's better to store them upright.

          1. re: EvergreenDan

            Higher proof liqueurs (e.g. amaro) will also keep quite well for a long time. Good timing on this thread, since I was able to verify this just yesterday.

            A friend brought back a bottle of Petrus (45% ABV) from a trip to Italy, and we sampled it against another bottle that he'd opened over three years ago (less than half full at this point). We were unable to detect much difference in flavor between the two. The three year old liqueur actually seemed to have a slightly stronger flavor, which was exactly the opposite of what we expected, especially given that the bottles have plastic screw tops -- not a lot of evaporation. I would have thought that the intensity would fade over time due to oxidation.

            Very nice to finally get to verify this firsthand after hearing various theories about long-term storage on this forum and elsewhere. I'm not sure how other high proof liqueurs would respond but at least in this case it seems to be a non-issue.

            1. re: EvergreenDan

              Interestingly, my Latvian friend says that Black Balzams should be aged in the bottle at least a year before being drunk -- and longer if possible.

              He is also the same guy that hosted a blended whiskey (Chivas) tasting of a new bottle versus an open bottle about 25 years old or so. No one could tell the difference.

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              1. re: EvergreenDan

                I have an at least 40 year old unopened bottle of the Riga Black Balsam, I wonder what it tastes like. I will have to find a new bottle and compare.

                1. re: EvergreenDan

                  I had some 1951 and 1953 Bacardi white rums recently from unopened bottles. Amazingly good stuff. Nothing like the crud they put out nowadays, which we tasted as well for comparison.