As a noob, I was hesitant to post a seemingly pedestrian question, but I've seen some similar queries lately so I thought I would ask.
If you saw my intro post over in the "new to SB" forum you might remember that I got my start 10-12 years ago, was a very infrequent drinker, and that Woodford was my high end bourbon. (Makers was my regular).
When I started to branch out last year and explore the wide world that's out there, I still had a bottle of 10+ year old Woodford on the shelf. After spending some time with the likes of Elmer T, EH Taylor Small Batch and SB, and numerous others, I went back to that bottle of old Woodford. I did so in the context of the many online reviews and commentary from here that was less than kind to Woodford. I found that though my old bottle was not as good as some of the new bourbons I was enjoying, it wasn't has horrible as the general opinion I had been reading. This could be my inexperienced palate talking. However, at a couple recent parties I attended with very limited options, Woodford was the best available so I gave it a shot. In both cases, the newer bottles did not seem to be much at all like my older one. Hard to say for sure since it wasn't side by side, but both times the new bottle tasted the same and was different from that old and now empty bottle.
Am I nuts or is there anything to this?