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tommyboy38
08-07-2009, 10:19
I recently opened a bottle of bourbon that was made at Heaven Hill and bottled in Illinois in the 80's. The first pour from the bottle in a rocks glass had an amazing caramel smell. Subsequent pours just days later have been far less impressive but have been from a glencairn glass. Did that fabulous aroma volitalize super quick when I opened the bottle? I was hoping that this bottle, like many I've had previously of other whiskeys, would improve with some air and not vice versa.
It's still a nice smooth BIB whiskey with some age on it but it's not as nice as it was. :frown:

spun_cookie
08-07-2009, 11:45
I recently opened a bottle of bourbon that was made at Heaven Hill and bottled in Illinois in the 80's. The first pour from the bottle in a rocks glass had an amazing caramel smell. Subsequent pours just days later have been far less impressive but have been from a glencairn glass. Did that fabulous aroma volitalize super quick when I opened the bottle? I was hoping that this bottle, like many I've had previously of other whiskeys, would improve with some air and not vice versa.


It's still a nice smooth BIB whiskey with some age on it but it's not as nice as it was. :frown:

Each whiskey can/does have its own personality. You will find this to be true with many bourbons that improve or degrade with additional oxidation.

tommyboy38
08-07-2009, 20:54
I may have to buy another bottle of this and repeat the experiment.