Luxury Corks for Spirits Bottles From BPS Glass
Spirits are a distinctive group of beverages in a variety of ways. They are produced in a complicated manner, come in many types, and are available in a vast range of tastes. Additionally, they are packaged in cork-sealed bottles. Why is this the case in a plastic-packaged world? What are the advantages of corks as a means of sealing spirits bottles? Read on to find out.
Cork is collected from cork oak trees without ever causing damage to the tree, nor impairing its regular growth. This is referred to as “uncorking”, and it simply refers to the process of removing the outer covering which contains all the “corky” deliciousness. Following extraction, the cork oak simply regenerates a new layer of bark of the same thickness and characteristics. This procedure may be repeated every nine years.
Recently, additional automated uncorking procedures have been used to assure trees’ safety and avoid casualties. As a result, cork is one of the safest and most ecologically sound materials to use, particularly if you are environmentally concerned and fashion is a priority for you.
Corks establish an airtight seal around one end of the bottle. However, they enable a little oxygen to enter the bottle, allowing the spirit to breathe. This technique results in more delicate tastes, softer tannins and a more balanced drinking experience.
Cork bottle stoppers have been used for thousands of years. Some spirits makers used cork to seal their vessels even before glass bottles were invented. Archaeologists have discovered cork stopper remnants in ancient Egyptian tombs, as well as in ancient Greece. Nonetheless, it was an uncommon method of container sealing at the time.
It was popular to construct both bottles and bottle stoppers out of glass during the medieval period. While this combination was a secure method of containing liquids inside the containers, it was difficult to open. It was quite common that any effort to remove the glass seal resulted in the bottleneck being shattered. Alternative treatments such as oil-soaked cloth have their drawbacks as well.
Spirits makers discovered a more efficient method in the 17th century. As glassblowing developed as a sophisticated art form, artists made more uniform bottle forms with narrow necks. And with cork stoppers, it was feasible both to seal and conveniently open these bottles securely. Dom Perignon was one of the first to employ cork stoppers. Cork and wire were employed to seal bottles of sparkling spirits by the same Benedictine monk who is credited with creating Champagne.
As mentioned before, cork stoppers provide many significant advantages to spirits makers. However, they have additional benefits as well. Let us learn more about them.
- Enhancing flavor
Breathing is beneficial for the majority of spirits. When exposed to air, they produce more diverse scents, and their tannins become less dominating. Aeration can also assist in the elimination of disagreeable tastes in some circumstances. Consequently, the spirit develops a greater sense of balance and enjoyment. However, too much oxygen may deteriorate the spirit and cause it to rot. Thus, the correct amount of oxygen is critical for spirit improvement.
Natural cork’s porous structure creates ideal conditions for airflow. It allows about one milligram of oxygen into the bottle every year. This modest quantity allows the spirit to reach its full potential without spoiling.
- Safe securing
Liquids such as spirits expand and contract in response to changes in temperature. This can become an issue, particularly if it occurs often. A spirit that expands and contracts often might eventually harm a solid stopper or force it out of the bottle.
Cork’s elastic nature enables it to adjust to some degree to the expansion and contraction of the spirit. As a result, the danger of a leak is greatly reduced. It can’t, however, reduce it completely down to zero.
- Environmentally friendly
Cork is a naturally occurring material derived from a renewable resource. Its manufacture has no adverse effect on the environment. Additionally, corks are completely recyclable. As with other plant materials, they can be composted. They will take a number of years to re-construct but will do so without any leftovers. Alternatively, you may use them to create spirits-themed home decor.
- Properly store your spirits
Cork-sealed spirits should be stored on their side. This position keeps the spirit in touch with the cork and prevents it from becoming dry and porous, thus making it less likely to break.
- Use the right corkscrew
You should use the most appropriate corkscrew depending on the spirits’ age (and value). A simple model is appropriate for the majority of spirits. Consider using a two-pronged bottle opener only for rare vintages (or really pricey bottles). Although these openers are a bit more difficult to use, they significantly reduce the chance of shattering the cork.
- Utilize the corkscrew correctly
When using a normal corkscrew, ensure that it’s inserted into the cork’s center. Deviating by only half a centimeter increases the chance of shattering the cork. Slowly twist the corkscrew into the cork. Stop when about one twist remains, so the corkscrew does not completely penetrate the cork. Remove the cork slowly, without shaking the bottle or the corkscrew excessively.
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