The Third Dram wrote:
newdad wrote:I prefer my bourbon at at least 90 proof... for some reason 40% abv bourbon tastes pretty watered down to me.
Couldn't agree more, Paul (thinking of such practically pitiful pours as 40%ABV Wild Turkey). Bourbon does seem to be so much better at a higher proof!
I absolutely agree with this. I've not had a huge amount of bourbon but every one I've tried at or close to 40% ABV gives me the impression of being too diluted.
Generally I agree with the notion that taste/quality is more important but it's also been my experience that the flavour of most whiskies benefit from a higher ABV. I've had Glenfiddich NAS, 12 & 18, Old Pultney 12, Laphroaig 10 and Macallan 12 at 43% & 40% ABV and have always missed the extra flavour and character of those bottled at 43%.
It doesn't stop me from buying whisky at 40% ABV but I wonder why 40% is so common when 43%+ generally seems to be better. Well at least that's what I think for single malts and especially so for those that are peated. Blends however seem to be suited to a lower ABV.