Corks- Why Are They Still Used?

Corks- Why Are They Still Used?

Why is cork still used to seal whiskey bottles? Seems like a bad idea in the modern times we live in. Collectors know that one should only store whiskey bottles upright on the shelf. Unlike wine, wet corks are bad for whiskey. Cork, in commercial use, is usually harvested from Quercus suber, also called the Cork Oak. Now, we all know that oak is the material used in barrel production. What happens to oak when whiskey interacts with its surface? The flavors in the oak are imparted into the solution. Here in lies one of the troubles. Do you want your whiskey to taste like cork by interacting with it? Our next problem comes from the fact that the cork is adhered to a plastic cap in most cases. That cap is held on by glue. Now your whiskey will have subtle notes of...