This may not be the correct forum for this topic (if so someone in authority feel free to move it).
This perhaps relates to my own busted, bruised, and subsequently numbed palate, but many times I've heard others say emphatically that a whiskey is over the top in alcohol where I don't personally find that to be the case - and yes, I realize taste is subjective.
Sometimes this occurs with what I believe is genuine sincerity but other times, (and this my personal opinion - as it can't be proved) it seems like the comments are pre-imbedded if the person knows the item is higher in proof.
I recently read a review (article) of higher end ryes on-line where a person said <paraphrase> "...the 2006 Sazerac Rye, @ 132º was way too much alcohol blah, blah..." - At first I thought what the hell is he talking about. Then I realized he must be refering to the Thomas H. Handy. In this case I truly wonder if the guy even tasted the whiskey and if so was it really too much alcohol, or did he simply read the stats regurgitating and imagining what 130+º whiskey must taste like.
For me I've tasted plenty of whiskey 90º and below, that gives off more alcohol on intitial intake & upfront than whiskies 100º and above. Of course I have also tasted a couple where the alcohol level appears to have gone excessive in both the figures quoted on the bottle as well as taste quoted on the palate. But, that isn´t often or automatically the case. Some appear to pre-judge IMHO.
Anybody else notice this?