Gentlemen, I used to post here in 2004-2005, which coincided with my first big foray into whisky. I was able during that period to get a good idea of what I liked, but sort of turned away from further exploration for various reasons.
So now after a 5-6 year hiatus, I have gone back and tried some of my favorites from that great Era of Discovery and was astonished at what I saw were changes in the flavors I remember from my initial encounters. Have the malts changed, or have I? Ordinarily, I would say it is my own "fault"--I am either misremembering flavor profiles or my palate is off, but in reading Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, I see that he often notes how the flavor profiles of various whiskies change from year to year.
The point of all of this is to spark discussion of the idea of change within the whiskies and for us all to note some particular changes we have seen over the years.
This biggest change I note is Bunnahabhain 12. I used to really like this one--it had this wonderful and subtle seaside flavor. It was different than the other Islays, and a lot of fun.
My recent bottle of this has absolutely none of the subtlety I remember. It tastes just horribly "wooded-up". It's all sherry. What a damned shame.
Bruichladdich seems to have changed a bit from what I remember. I recall it being kind of light and peachy, with a dash of salty seaspray. Perhaps the B'laddie I am now drinking was produced after the distillery reopened and that accounts for the difference. I find it to be very good, but just not quite the same.
Springbank. I don't have as much experience with this malt as some of the others, but I feel as if their 10 yo is a bit smokier than I recall.
Glenmorangie and Clynelish. These are as beautiful as I remember.
The saddest change I've seen in the past 6 years is most certainly that of price. Exploring all of these malts was a lot more fun when they were cheaper!
Have you had similar experiences with any of the whiskies above? And tell me about changes you've seen in your other whiskies.