For several months I've severely limited my bourbon consumption because of a possible drug interaction.
I'm finding that my taste is changing in a dramatic way, to wit:
The above is only a sampling. Almost every 1/2 oz. of bourbon I sip tastes different than I remember -- some for the better, some for the worse.
- RR 90 proof is more satisfying than the discontinued 101 proof bottling (both neat).
- EC 18, a bottle that I had earlier found to be enjoyable, now tastes the way I described the first bottle I tried a few years ago -- like overheated, freshly sawn plywood.
- Blanton's actually has discernable, bourbon-like flavors, after all.
- What I once called a "cognac-like quality" in ER SB is no longer present; it tastes like bourbon, nothing more.
The only pattern I see is that my preference may be shifting to lower proof. Perhaps I'm regressing from hardened drinker to novice.