Whisky Myths: Whisky ages in the bottle, right?
Wrong! If you buy an 18-year-old bottle of whisky, it will forever remain an 18-year-old, regardless of how long you keep it for. This is because the ageing process occurs in a cask (or casks) and is considered complete prior to bottling.
Value over time, however, is another issue entirely. When you read of older bottles fetching eye-watering sums at auction, this is due to provenance and other factors of perceived value. It is not because the whisky itself has aged more.
Whisky can so often seem wrapped up in rules. Sure, there are the regulatory ones (legit) but what about the rest? Who makes these rules, and should you feel bad for breaking them? We’re here to bust the myths and separate the simple mistakes from the marketing speak.