The taste of cognac largely depends on the correct storage. So that the drink does not spoil and continues to delight you with its unsurpassed organoleptic properties, you need to create suitable conditions in the house. This is not as difficult as it seems at first glance. It is enough to control four parameters: bottle position, tightness, temperature and light.
Few people can afford to store cognac in oak barrels, limiting themselves to ordinary bottles. But in bottles the cognac doesn’t get any better. If you do not create suitable conditions, its quality only deteriorates. Therefore, I do not recommend stocking up on a drink for several years in advance, it is much wiser to periodically renew your stocks.
When storing cognac at home, be sure to pay attention to the following points:
1. Position of the bottle. Cognac alcohol quickly absorbs any odors, so the bottle must be in a strictly upright position. Otherwise, after a while, the drink will smell like a cork.
2. Tightness. To prevent the cork from drying out and the ingress of air, the neck of the bottle is poured with sealing wax. Do this if you plan to drink cognac only after a few years, then it will not deteriorate.
Opened cognac can be stored for no longer than 2-3 months. Of course, it does not turn sour like wine or beer, but trapped air quickly degrades the aroma and taste. It is better to pour the unfinished cognac into a container of smaller volume and close it tightly.
3. Temperature and light. The optimum storage temperature for cognac is -5-15 ° C. You also need to protect the drink from direct sunlight, keeping it in a dark room.
Subject to these conditions, the shelf life of cognac is unlimited.