One of the positive aspects of blind tasting is we may in fact broaden our tastes in Bourbon.
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough." - Mark Twain
"Because Whiskey Matters!" - David Perkins
Gary, blind tasting was the principle reason I stopped buying expensive whiskys.
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
Here's a great illustrative clip from Penn & Teller's Bullshit wherein customers at a fine restaurant are served cheap food and wine then asked for their opinions:
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."
I cannot watch this until tonight but look forward to it. But may I ask, did anyone stick to their guns in not being overly impressed? Or did they all praise? Another factor too: sometimes out of politeness people don't want to criticize including "in public". I have often been in a spot when someone brings a dusty to Gazebo and faults are evident but one doesn't want to hurt feelings.
I believe they convinced themselves the food was actually good.
Okay I watched it. Not my thing, the narration was rather crude and there were surely other factors at play such as people with their date not wanting probably to obtrude an off note. Also, even one drink can put someone's palate off, and had it been me at the table, likely I'd have had two before dinner out.
I never really liked scenarios where people are misled, it's kind of a self-justifying prophecy.
Does it prove something? Certainly, but only up to a point.
P.S. In my own case, I was entirely responsible for misleading myself!