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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 9:57 pm    Post subject: Cork Degredation Reply with quote
 
Just curious what other's have experienced. I purchased a bottle of Aberlour 12 a few days ago. Opened it today and the top just broke into pieces when I opened it. I'm concerned because I have a Laphroaig 30, and other older bottling's. Should I just expect them to be a mess when finally opened?

FYI, the 12yr was horrible (16 was nice). I'm not sure if air had been getting into it or what. Worse than Oban. But I transferred it to a empty bottle; so if anyone wants it ... just drive down to PA.

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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
I think it is more a function of the specific bottle, specific cork, and the conditions the bottle has been in. If it was stored in a hot, dry warehouse the cork may have dried out and gotten brittle and crumbly - and a hot environment can also ruin the whiskey in the bottle.

I had a bottle of Glenmo Signet where the cork just sheared right in half when I opened it, leaving the lower half in the bottle neck. I had to use a corkscrew to remove it, and the whiskey was fine. (I picked up another topper from an empty bottle at a tasting to replace it.) That was a brand new bottle, picked up at Julio's.

I have some bottles that are many years old and the corks are good as new. So you never know. It could've been a bad cork to start with, or it could've been stored in an environment that dry rotted it, etc.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
 
In July, I had a bottle of OP 12 where the cork broke. I had purchased the bottle only the day before. The OP 12 was not up to standards so I believe the cork was bad and allowed it to be affected.


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