DOES WHISKEY FREEZE? DEBUNKING THE MYTH

A few months ago, social media was abuzz after photos of a frozen whiskey bottle circulated online, leaving many wondering if ‘whiskey can freeze.’

Over the years, patrons have no doubt preferred Whiskey on rocks; however, turning it glacier in our freezers remains a myth.

DEBUNKING THE WHISKEY MYTH

Against the trends, Jameson Whiskey has since debunked the frozen whiskey myth. However, it doesn’t freeze under normal conditions.

However, whiskey, typically 40% to 60% alcohol content, has a lower freezing point than water. Jameson Whiskey made it known that while water freezes at  0°C (32°F), the whiskey must be exposed to frigid temperatures below -27°C (-17°F)  to freeze solid.

The alcohol concentration in whiskey makes it nearly impossible to freeze in a standard freezer, which usually operates around -18°C (0°F). Its freezing point is higher when diluted with water.

Alcohol’s freezing point is much lower than water’s, around -115°C (-175°F) for pure ethanol. 

OTHER INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WHISKEY

It is not recommended to keep whiskey in a freezer for an extended period of time. Even if it is not frozen in a standard home freezer, icy temperatures can affect it, dulling the flavour.

Whiskey tastes good when kept at room temperature because flavours ‘have to do a lively jig, not slow waltz.’

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT IS KEPT IN A FREEZER

DULLS THE FLAVOUR

When excessively chilled, whiskey loses its complex array of flavours and dulls. It no doubt needs certain temperatures to have a rich flavour, but whiskey usually has a bland profile when kept at extreme temperatures.

AFFECTS AROMA

Several aromas make whiskey taste great and may become less pronounced when it is kept at extreme temperatures.

THICKER TEXTURE

Some whiskeys can have a more syrup-like taste. However, an anticipated silky sip can turn into a heavier, almost sluggish feel.

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