Closure for alcoholic beverages? – Choose the cork stopper


Looking for the ideal closure for your product? Today we present 3 successful case studies of cork stoppers as a closure for alcoholic beverages.

Shelves with several spirit bottles


  1. Cork and wine – an everlasting relationship
  2. Cognac – the rediscovery of cork as the best closure
  3. Cork stopper – the perfect solution for your Bourbon
  4. Conclusion

1. Cork and wine – an everlasting relationship

The link between wine and cork has existed for thousands of years. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans already used cork stoppers, but it was Dom Pérignon, a French Benedictine monk, who laid the foundations for the strong relationship between cork, wine and bottle glass in the 17th century. He replaced old-fashioned, inefficient and unreliable wooden stoppers with cork stoppers.

Since then, science has corroborated what our senses intuit: wine sealed with a cork stopper has a special taste.

According to the University of Bordeaux, cork has particularly contributed to the development of wine. The intrinsic qualities of the cork stopper, which make it durable, easy to compress, impermeable, resistant to decomposition, humidity and light, are the key to its effectiveness, truly respecting the evolution of the wine and preventing it from deteriorating over time.

Fun fact: A collection of 168 well-preserved champagne bottles, found 200 years ago in the Baltic Sea, is undeniable proof of cork stoppers’ preservation power.

Bottle of Quinta da Boeira Tawny Port Wine

2. Cognac – the rediscovery of cork as the best closure

For years, spirits producers believed that cork stoppers were the best closure. However, over time, it became clear that cork was not the best option, as the liquid weakened the cork – the cork turned black and the exposed sections became so damaged that the cork fell into the bottle.

For this reason, brandy/cognac producers always advise against pouring the bottles during storage. In addition, due to their porosity, evaporation is favored by the small amounts of alcohol and air that can pass through.

That said, the cork stopper companies have invested in developing a solution that significantly improves their quality. This was achieved by introducing blends of semi-synthetic cork and coating the top of the bottle with a covering material or capsule, creating the capsulated stopper.

Once this solution has been found, collectors and investors who buy vintage and high-quality cognac bottles can expect these products to retain their properties for a long time.

cognac glass

3. Cork stopper – the perfect solution for your Bourbon

Cork stoppers and Bourbon have long been linked. In fact, if you watch an American western movie, you’ll probably see a bartender opening a bottle of bourbon sealed with a cork.

Often, the cork stoppers used in these drinks stand out more than the product itself. For example, Blanton’s, originally from Kentucky, has a horse-shaped capsule as its trademark. In fact, this element has become collectible, making the brand sell the capsule as an individual product.

Closure used by alcoholic beverage brand Blanton's

4. Conclusion

In conclusion, the 3 cases presented are just a few examples of the excellence and performance that cork stoppers have achieved over time. If you’re looking the best closure for alcoholic beverages, choose a cork stopper to seal your product.

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