Well it happened again. Leslie and I were at an outside "tiki" bar, if you will, and I noticed a bottle of BT on the shelf. I ordered a double on the rocks, thankful that I didn't have to settle for MM or JBW, or so I thought. I could smell something was up when the bartender placed the drink in front of me. The nose was all mildew and soil, and the taste wasn't much better, with nuances of rotten wood and river water. I did manage to finish it, but made a mental note not to pick up any BT anytime soon, as this was an establishment that probably had very recent production BT.
Don't get me wrong, I have been a fan of BT for a long time. Thankfully so, as unfortunately my first bottle of BT many years ago had this very similar profile, and I was close to never purchasing it again. But I did, and found subsequent bottles to be excellent examples of good bourbon.
I have theorized in the past that this ocassional mustiness in many of BT's products is a result of it's proximity to the river, and the fact that the river periodically floods. I'm not saying that there were barrels underwater, but they seem to have picked up that post-flood mildew aroma and flavor. I think it is always present in small quantities, and contributes to the "house style", but occasionally it's over the top. Am I wrong?
Has anyone else experienced this in BT lately?