flahute Posted April 10, 2022 Share Posted April 10, 2022 For the second month in a row, I had to go out and buy a bottle in order to write up the BOTM post. Last month, I was pleasantly surprised with the result. This month, not as much. Now, us old timers remember when Heaven Hill moved the 12yr age statement from the front of the bottle to the back. The astute ones saw what was coming. Then the predictions came true - the age statement dropped all together. Heaven Hill tried to cover the decision by saying that by being trapped into the age statement, and because they had less of those barrels, that they were being forced to use sub par barrels in the blend. I can see the point, but I can also see reason for skepticism. The boom was on and they needed the barrels for all of their brands. Now, here's the deal for me. I saw the age statement drop coming so I stocked up on the age stated bottles. Then, for reasons unknown to me, my market gets good and steady supply of ECBP which retains the 12yr age statement. So, I never ever once bought a bottle of non age stated EC until yesterday. So, how is it? Well I wouldn't be me if I didn't do a side by side of the current version with a back of the bottle age stated version. You can see in the photo below that the 12yr age stated is clearly darker. No surprise. The current version is still a good bourbon but is clearly a shell of its former self. It's kind of bland. I might actually prefer the new 1783 more. Now to be fair I might be on an off palate night so I will revisit and also do a sbs of those two, but tonight, the 12yr age stated is stealing the show. Here's a strange development - when I had my first taste of the old 12yr age stated I detected flavors that I get from dusties. What's up with that? Does this mean that some of the flavors from dusties are a result of simply sitting for a long time? This is a discussion for another thread but my curiosity is severely piqued. Back to this moths's bottle though. I have to say that I don't recall seeing many of you post about this in the what are you drinking today thread. Have most of you given up on this one? Let me know your thoughts. 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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