Okay guys, I have to admit that I am starting to get a little annoyed.
As many of you know, my favorite bourbon has been Blanton's Single Barrel. I know it gets criticized a lot around here for being on the pricey side, but it had captured the distinctive, mature, spicy taste that I like.
The last two bottles I have purchased lacked the initial "musty-ness" that I found pretty intriguing. The spice is still there-- but I am finding it hard to single out.
Every decent tasting note, except that of Star Anise, is being covered up by a turpentine-like astringency. Both in the nose and on the palette.
Now, I'll admit that I usually drink scotch and irish whiskies in the summer time, so it is possible that I might have gotten acclimated to lower-proof, lower-oak spirits.
The last two bottles I purchased were about 6 months apart, from different batches, so I don't think it was the result of getting ONE bad batch...
Now, it still makes a good bourbon-and-cola, but, for $45/bottle, I should be able to sip it neat.
Can anybody tell me what is going on?