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    Letting the bottle open up

    I wanted to hear your stories about bottles that you may not have liked at first, but have opened up over time and have become better and better as they were open.

    For me, I hated OFBB13 when I first opened it. I had a pour the first two nights it was open and I thought it was terrible. There was almost something rotten about it. Recently though, after it has been open about 9 months, I have gone back to it and it has become one of my favorite pours. There is a rich, creamy nuttiness that has developed. I really enjoy it now and wish I had more than the one bottle.

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    Re: Letting the bottle open up

    Here's an outlier for you: Arkansas Rock Town young bourbon. At first, it just tasted like overpriced white dog. After I let it sit for several months, I found that in addition to its youth, there was more bourbon character than at first. Still overpriced and didn't live up reviews I read before buying, but it DID get better.

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    Re: Letting the bottle open up

    ogd114, i never like it when first opened, but let it sit open a while....
    Think about how stupid the average person is.....then realize that half of them are more stupid than that.

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    Re: Letting the bottle open up

    Quote Originally Posted by 393foureyedfox View Post
    ogd114, i never like it when first opened, but let it sit open a while....
    +1

    the first time i tried it i hated it, but after being open for a few weeks i really love the stuff

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    Re: Letting the bottle open up

    This is probably a dumb question but when you say opened up do you mean to leave the cork completely off or just that the bottle has been opened? Leaving the cork completely off for weeks seems like a lot of air time.

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    Re: Letting the bottle open up

    Quote Originally Posted by Thig View Post
    This is probably a dumb question but when you say opened up do you mean to leave the cork completely off or just that the bottle has been opened? Leaving the cork completely off for weeks seems like a lot of air time.
    Just that the bottle has been opened.

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    Re: Letting the bottle open up

    Quote Originally Posted by KyleCBreese View Post
    Just that the bottle has been opened.
    Ok thanks, I didn't know for sure.

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    Re: Letting the bottle open up

    Mckenna BiB, its a little high on the alcohol and overly bitter but for me opens up nicely, but usually takes a while.

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    Re: Letting the bottle open up

    MMCS, first pour after opening always seems a little hot. Next day and thereafter....MUCH better.

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    Re: Letting the bottle open up

    For me, most things improve over time. It seems that a little air rounds out some of the rough edges, providing a better balance and smoother finish. Some more than others... but, most all of them are this way for me.

    The last bottle I readily recall opening that didn't need anything done to it (but drink it), was a OBSQ from summer of '13.

    Obviously, it didn't hang around long enough for me to find out what a little air would have done to it!

    Edit: I will add to what a few others were noting recently about VSOF. 12 years in the wood for this one is dominant when opened. I always let them air out 2-4 weeks after the first pour. The good one's always smooth out and turn to caramel and buttercream, but they never start off that way. P
    Last edited by Paddy; 01-20-2015 at 13:55.

 

 

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