I saw the earlier thread titled Pet Peeves from a few years ago and it was entertaining, but all over the map. I'd like to devote this one to American Whiskey related pet peeves. I'm not talking about the mismanagement/ruination of brands or any other drastic Crimes Against Whiskey, but rather the little things that could be avoided that just annoy the heck out of you. I may think of others, but here a couple that have been weighing on my mind:
Single-Barrel and/or BIB expressions with No Age Statement: There's no reason to leave this off! I guess there's no marketing value in admitting that a BIB bottle is young, so that is less offensive to me, but pricey SB expressions touting themselves as premium whiskey, should be revealing how old the product is. Period.
Single-Barrel expressions that don't list barrel #: Come on, throw us a bone here! Not that it may make a huge difference to a lot of people, but once again, I see no reason to omit this information! If I'm going to buy two bottles of something, maybe I'll want to buy from the same barrel, maybe different barrels. I think that from a marketing point, this could only increase the desirability of the drink -- especially to geeks like the present company -- am I right? Eagle Rare, for example, would seem a little more premium with barrel info.
That's one man's opinion -- I'm curious to see what little things get under your skin.