Ideal storage conditions
Brandy is a wonderful, delicious and aromatic drink. In small amounts it is useful for the body. Good cognac is expensive, but the costs are usually worth it.
Conditions and place of storage of strong drink can greatly affect its taste. Ideal storage is considered to be a barrel made of oak wood special kind, it is in these barrels, the drink is aged years, which allows him to acquire the exceptional taste and aroma. It is believed that in the right oak barrels for the brandy can be stored for years, if not decades, while its taste will only improve. It is worth considering that in this case, correct the temperature readings, so the barrels of this beverage is best kept in a specially equipped cellar.
If you do not have the ability to store cognac in specialized barrels, it can be very long stored in the bottle. However, in bottle brandy will not purchase additional aroma and taste, but you won't lose them. Under certain rules, the shelf life of cognac in a glass bottle can be almost endless.
How to store cognac home
Unlike wine, cognac should be stored only in a standing position, otherwise the drink may acquire an unpleasant smell of the tube. Below the tube is not dry, you need to fill the bottle with wax. Longest brandy will be stored at the temperature from +5 to +15 degrees in a dark place. It is very important to protect the beverage from any light and especially sunlight. To protect the beverage from the negative impact of light, you can wrap a bottle of it in opaque fabric. Under these rules brandy can without any loss of taste kept for many years. It is not necessary to put the cognac in the refrigerator, too low temperatures destroy the structure of the drink and irreversibly affect its taste properties.
An open bottle of cognac you need to "drink" for 2-3 months and all the time to store it away from sunlight and excessively high or low temperature. Of course, the drink can be consumed and then, but usually after a longer period, all the aromatic and taste properties of brandy just disappear. You can extend the "life" of the drink, the overflow of it into a smaller airtight glass container with secure lid (preferably so she was sealed), in a similar vessel cognac can be stored for a very long time.