Several months ago there was a thread in alt.drinks.sc****-whisky (cough!) in which somebody who was supposedly 'in-the-know' claimed that distilleries used a lower quality product in their miniatures. Needless to say, this was argued and disbelieved, but this person was adamant.

Has anybody heard of this practice with American whiskeys? I would think a distillery would want to put some of their BEST product in the minis to try to win people over!?