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Sweetmeats
09-12-2005, 09:49
This weekend, I found a tax stamp bottle of Ancient Age 86. I was really excited. When I got it home, I held it up to the light and noticed there were particles floating in it. I shook the bottle a few times and now the particles are all gone. It seems to taste fine, but Iím a little freaked out by what the particles could have been. Is this normal? Am I worried for no reason?

etohchem
09-12-2005, 10:38
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/Clever.gif Most likely what you saw were fatty acids and proteins. Some distillers chill filter their products to remove these, as they pose an unwelcome appearance. They are not harmful but, some contend, actually add some flavor to the spirit. When you shook/stirred your bottle the proteins broke their weak connections and went back into solution. On uncut/unfiltered products such as Stagg or Bookerís adding ice or refrigerating your bottle will cause this haze to show up. Older bottles, even those that have been chill filtered, that are left undisturbed will get this ďparticulateĒ look as the fatty acids find each other and form loosely bonded chains. It should be of no concern.

gr8erdane
09-12-2005, 21:41
I wonder if this would give the bourbon a more "chewy" mouthfeel as well? I always figured bourbon would constitute many of the essential food groups....... http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smilielol.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/stickpoke.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smilielol.gif

jeff
09-13-2005, 03:46
I wonder if this would give the bourbon a more "chewy" mouthfeel as well? I always figured bourbon would constitute many of the essential food groups....... http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smilielol.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/stickpoke.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smilielol.gif



They should market such bourbons as "Chunky-Style" and "The bourbon that drinks like a meal." http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

gr8erdane
09-13-2005, 07:30
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/iagreejeff.gif

Nuff Sed

boone
09-13-2005, 07:49
Ya know...those "open" cypress fermenters?...

Ya know http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/skep.gif...how the windows were open sometimes and the doors? Ya know?...

I bethcha...that birds (and flies) fly in from time to time...I betcha...

I betcha...sometimes they might get a little too close...I betcha...

I betcha they havta '"POOP" sometime too...Hmmmmmmmm...

I betcha at one time it mighta be just a tad bit chunky http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/puke.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/skep.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

Bettye Jo

pepcycle
09-13-2005, 14:09
In the words of Austin Powers (or something close)
"Taste Kind of Nutty"
Ed

CrispyCritter
09-13-2005, 19:03
With Stagg at least, you also have the char particles. I've noticed that the pours get darker as I approach the bottom of the bottle.

"Charcoal-grilled" bourbon, anyone? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/70358-devil.gif

Sweetmeats
09-16-2005, 11:19
Thanks for the help. It has actually turned out to be quite good. It still feels a little weird drinking bourbon that was probably made before I was born though. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif