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01-16-2012, 15:35
I just picked up a bottle of Vintage 17 and noticed that there are tiny white flakes floating in it. Doesn't look like sediment. Any clues?

01-16-2012, 16:53
Vintage 17 with flakes. Sounds like you need to sens to the Ejmharris lab for some testing. :). Vintage is most likely not filtered and just sediment from distilling to bottling process. Let it sit and the flakes will settle at the bottom.

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01-16-2012, 18:06
Looks to me like some fuzz off of a filter of some type. I would just put it through a coffee filter.

01-16-2012, 18:22
What you observe is most likely floc created from the flocculation of the natural congeners and fusel oils present in whiskey that has not been chill filtered. Nearly all bourbons bottled at less than 100 proof are chill filtered so that floc will not be created if the whiskey is exposed to cold temperatures. Floc is nothing to worry about. It freaks out the uninitiated, but whiskey that has not been chill filtered is a good thing!

01-16-2012, 18:30
Are you sure you don't spill some goldschlager in it? ;)

01-16-2012, 20:34
I was going to open it and filter it, but I think I'll just let it be. Thanks!

01-16-2012, 20:52
It's a streetlight.

01-17-2012, 21:43
Maybe they're snowflakes.

01-17-2012, 23:33
Don't know if your bottle is unopened or not, but could it be pieces of the cork?

One of my recent bottles, after a few uses of the cork, had tiny bits floating around in it that weren't there before, which I thought of when seeing your picture.

White Dog
01-18-2012, 10:00
How did KBD get that mini-submarine in there?

01-18-2012, 11:23
Warm it to 120 degrees (About the hottest water from a tap)

If it disappears its Fatty Acids that were not chill filtered.

It could be particulate contamination from equipment. That won't disappear.

Grab a few pieces and let it dry.

Examine microscopically, fibers are really easy to characterize under a scope.

01-18-2012, 12:34
I've seen some of these in some OWA bottles.

01-20-2012, 22:32
The bottler is brand new and never been opened.

Is there any easy way to warm the bottle without getting the label all wet and messed up? I was originally going to bunker the bottle, but would really like to know what the hell is in it.

01-21-2012, 11:38
To warm a bottle, put it in a warm place.

A heating pad works well.