Linn, I hereby accuse you of being a damn good writer.
That post is better than anything you'll get from a glossy
magazine. There's nothing like a well-informed, highly
opinionated writer. I propose that we put that post in a
"Best of StraightBourbon" archive.
As to the ideas expressed: I agree wholeheartedly.
To quote my own post (Re: storage of Bourbon Tue Jan 29 10:50:36 2002)
"Personally, I'm very much in the "purist" camp that is absolutely against
chill filtering, especially for high end spirits. chill filtering removes some
of the flavor!
Does anyone know when bottlers started the unholy practice of chill filtering?
(Dr. Crow would be ashamed... it's a reduction in quality in order to appease
the ignorant masses who are afraid of a little cloudiness. We need Bourbon
Education, not chill filtering!)"
The "single batch" idea is a marvelous one. I think every distillery should
be tinkering with new variations on the bourbon-making process in order
to produce interesting small batch bourbons.