Last summer someone told me that a couple of workers in a local grocery store took four bottles of whiskey, and instead of putting them out to sell, kept them in a storage area to "age." The idea was that they were going to raise the value of this whiskey by aging it some more years. I responded that I thought that aging to improve flavor ends when the whiskey is taken out of the barrel, and that aging in the bottle will not necessarily improve the whiskey. I can see how aging in the bottle could change the whiskey over a number of years, but why wouldn't it be as likely to get worse as to get better? Does anyone know if there is any reason to think that what these people were doing was a wise thing to do? Does whiskey improve simply from aging in the bottle?