In another recent thread Gary Gillman observed that larger bottles often aren't very good (to his taste) and he then posed the question of whether this was just coincidence. I have been pondering the same question myself. I have experienced rather nasty bourbon from more than one 80's vintage 1.75L bottle. It made me wonder if a distillery might use its 'off' barrels in the larger bottle sizes figuring that anyone buying a 'handle' of bourbon is probably mixing drinks and won't notice.
Any thoughts or rumors on this?