I opened a bottle of WT 12Y Gold Foil and the cork crumbled. No, it pretty much dissolved. I ran the bourbon through a strainer, cleaned the neck of remaining bits of cork sticking to the neck, then reintroduced the bourbon back into the bottle, capped with a cork from a recently emptied WT12Y current edition.
Did I miss any steps?
Man, this is the second time this has happened. The first time, it was with a VW15 that initially tasted extraordinarily fruity upon opening (like an usually fresh sherry), but then upon 2nd tasting it tasted entirely different. This time, the oxidised flavor is there, but less so. It definitely doesn't taste better than the currently release of the 12 year old, which was good, but not phenomenal.
I look forward to the second tasting, after it has had time to breathe.