Bottoms up: How fast should you finish that bottle of whiskey?

We’ve always found the term “industrial chic” to be a funny oxymoron. The two terms were, for generations, rarely uttered in the same breath. In the last decade, though, everything has changed. As developers have repurposed once-utilitarian factories into event halls and evening venues, they’ve chosen to preserve the features that builders originally included purely for efficiency purposes — like large windows “so that work floors could be flooded with natural light” before the advent of the electric light bulb.

Peeling paint? Keep it. A cracked and speckled concrete floor? Polish it and let its beauty shine. Rusting iron fixtures? Let them add character to events’ photos.

In the world of whiskey, you can see a derivative of this mentality in the focus on both age statements and spirits from mothballed distilleries like Port Ellen and Pappy Van Winkle. In a word, today’s thirsty whiskey enthusiasts crave the same intangible as modern event-planners and soiree-hosts: authenticity.

Over the months, we’ve chatted with more than a handful of whiskey drinkers who, in a quest to preserve their prized bottles of whiskey as long as possible, ask whether whiskey can go bad — or the converse, whether whiskey get better in the bottle? We thought we should weigh in.

Keep reading this post at our blog, Crafted with Characters, where we document the history of whiskey, the best cocktails featuring this superb spirit, and the uncharted territory before us as a craft distillery in the US. Whisk(ey) me away to the post here.

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