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  1. #11
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    Re: Why do bottles improve after opening?

    No, the alcohol stays in solution unless you toss it into a saute' pan where it will indeed flash off.
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    Re: Why do bottles improve after opening?

    Hard to say but I think my Michter's 10yr improved a lot after having 3-4 pours taken out of it. Could be that I also tried while I was drinking all barrel proofers and tried it again when i wasn't.

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    Re: Why do bottles improve after opening?

    Bourbon is complex stuff, and I'd assume some stuff is volatile. Allowing some of that stuff to gas off I would imagine changes the product. I think we see it in the glass. Things seem to change just letting it sit for a bit.

    Every time you open a bottle and pour, you're actively exchanging gasses. And each time you're introducing a larger surface area in the bottle.

    It makes sense, although no idea if it's good, bad, or different.
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    Re: Why do bottles improve after opening?

    I also notice it getting better in the glass if i let it sit for 10-20 minutes.

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    Re: Why do bottles improve after opening?

    It's been my experience while sitting down with friends the whisky usually improves as the level in the bottle is lowered.
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    Re: Why do bottles improve after opening?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    It's been my experience while sitting down with friends the whisky usually improves as the level in the bottle is lowered.
    LoL, I didn't overlook this part as a possible cause. However I'm talking maybe 1 to 2 1oz pours throughout the evening, and I notice the improvement throughout the time of a few weeks or a month as I kill off the bottle. Along your lines, I will admit that the second or third pour in a night definitely seems improved from the first...gee I wonder why that is.

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    Re: Why do bottles improve after opening?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    No, the alcohol stays in solution unless you toss it into a saute' pan where it will indeed flash off.
    bourbon saute' pan order canceled.

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    Re: Why do bottles improve after opening?

    I think the best way to put it is when you leave a bottle open the flavor changes through oxidation. This can be a good thing or a bad thing.

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    Re: Why do bottles improve after opening?

    Quote Originally Posted by 393foureyedfox View Post
    I find OGD114 to be rather harsh right out of a fresh bottle, but a little better and more enjoyable after being open a few days. This is the only bourbon I do this with, though.
    Do you cover it with a paper towel or something to keep junk from falling into the bottle?
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    Re: Why do bottles improve after opening?

    jmj, for myself I have noticed that even the same bottle will taste different to me day to day. I am surprised that I can sometimes come back to what I'd consider my favorite pour and find that yesterdays deliciousness is excessively woody today.

 

 

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