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    Bourbons that don't do well in Crystal

    I thought a conversation about bourbons that seem to suffer when tasted from a crystal vessel. Or even ones that shine.

    I have been noticing that wheated bourbons seem to not shine so well when placed in crystal.

    My Jefferson's Presidential gets very muted in crystal. I have also noticed Weller 12 and Lot B don't do so well.

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    Re: Bourbons that don't do well in Crystal

    I have always felt EC12 does better in glass than crystal for some reason.

    I'll also agree on the Lot B performing better in glass.
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    Re: Bourbons that don't do well in Crystal

    I find few whiskey's that perform well, to my palate, in Glencairn crystal. Most do better in Glencairn glass. I do however find that most whiskeys perform well, again to my palate, in the Schott Zwiesel Tritan glassware, especially the Pure series. While called crystal I suspect the chemical composition is a bit different.
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    Re: Bourbons that don't do well in Crystal

    Great idea for a thread! I have always read that bourbons can show different characteristics in glass & crystal. I only have a few crystal Glencairn's at home so haven't really messed around with different glassware, other than the occasional rocks glass. I look forward to what others have to say.

    Does anyone know if the Buffalo Trace Glencairn is glass or crystal? The liquor store next to me has them, if they are glass I will go pick one up.

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    Re: Bourbons that don't do well in Crystal

    I use crystal regularly and don't notice any real difference, but I once read that long-term storage (in decanters) is not advised because things can leach into the liquid from the glass (lead, perhaps?).

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    Re: Bourbons that don't do well in Crystal

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    I use crystal regularly and don't notice any real difference, but I once read that long-term storage (in decanters) is not advised because things can leach into the liquid from the glass (lead, perhaps?).

    Gary
    Yes, I believe the long term leaching issue with leaded crystal is the only documented chemical interaction with alcohol stored in crystal.

    I use crystal and glass. I had read this same supposition on the board some time ago and I felt as if I was back on an audio board reading about "tweaks".

    This would be a cheap tweak, using glass instead of crystal. It is not one that I would support in theory but maybe I'll try an A/B sometime for curiosities sake.
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    Re: Bourbons that don't do well in Crystal

    Robert, I once read somewhere that early tinted bottles also had a tendency to lose some constituents to the contents, i.e., if kept too long, the "dye" in particular. How long too long was, and when this tendency (presumably) stopped, I do not know.

    Can it explain the strange results of some early dusty bottles...?

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    Re: Bourbons that don't do well in Crystal

    There is a good deal of discussion about how crystal affects taste vs. glass starting on page 2 of this thread:

    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...t=11629&page=2
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    Re: Bourbons that don't do well in Crystal

    Don't buy it for a second, you're letting yourself be influenced by yourself.
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    Re: Bourbons that don't do well in Crystal

    Quote Originally Posted by Virus_Of_Life View Post
    Don't buy it for a second, you're letting yourself be influenced by yourself.
    Well that's what I was wanted to post but I was feeling verbose.

    I remember reading the thread referenced earlier and fighting the urge to reply.
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