I recently started appreciating bourbon, and was lucky enough to find a few bottles of this year's BTAC and order some private bottlings.
I never noticed (or thought to look) until I read a post about how someone got the last pour of a bottle, with all the charcoal at the bottom, and they thought it was one of the best drams they had ever had.
I looked at my bottles, and sure enough, there was fine black soot at the bottom. I'm pretty sure imbibing the sediment isn't going to be harmful (unless someone corrects me)
My question is:
Should I be shaking the bottles prior to pouring so that all of the unfiltered goodness is evenly distributed? Or is it better, because it would be more concentrated, to only worry about that when I get to near the last few pourings from the bottle?