What a fantastic forum! I've been reading threads all over, and this looks like a great place to spend some time. For years I was a single-malt scotch drinker (and still am), but like some other folks, I started buying bourbons for everyday because of the lower prices (sadly, bourbon prices for decent bottles seem be creeping up constantly around here...)
I stumbled into SB while looking for hints on a good way to filter cork bits out of an old bottle (in my case, a WT 86.8 brown label from around 1980 that belonged to my late grandfather). Today, I'll pick up a funnel, and tonight I'll try filtering, either through a fine metal mesh screen, or through a coffee filter.
I snuck a taste from the bottle, and it's quite good, even for having been opened in the early 80's when it was nothing special, and sitting sealed all these years -- when the cork top broke off, the bottle made a little whistling breathing noise (I think breathing in) for over ten seconds.
Incidentally, I work just up the street from a store that seems to hold a special place in the hearts of Boston-area whiskey enthusiasts, Federal Wine & Spirits. Great store for unusual bottles, but bad for my wallet!
Joel aka Kalessin