I recently ( the last 2 months or so ) bought quite a few diffent whiskies. Some familiar to me others for the first time.
The thing is 2 of them I had before and which I loved quite a bit ( the HP 12 and Auchentoshan 12 ). But with both I was missing something I enjoyed before and I now prefer others ( newer ones ). The first time I noticed this was with one of my previous favourites the Glenfiddich 15 which lacked a certain punch for me the last time.
The whiskies I tried beside these 3 the last couple of weeks or so were :
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban ( second bottle ).
This 1 liter bottle is now 1,5 months old with about 3 or 4 drams left. With the first bottle of 70cl ( which I emptied way too quick ) I had difficulties tasting the chocolate I read so much about but yesterday the full chocolate flavour came trough in a big way; just lovely!! Now looking forward to my last 3 to 4 drams even more from this bottle! I am so glad that after I bought this bottle I decided to leave a alone much longer than I previously did.
Balvenie 12 Double Wood
Lovely honey taste and this entered my current top 10 quickly.
As you all know quite different from the 2 above but much to my surprise I found this very easy to drink ( me and a friend of mine finished of the bottle saturday )
Several years ago I had a Bowmore 12 which didn't do much for me but this one is really nice!! It's too early to tell if it will enter my top 10 but I will certainly try some other Bowmore whiskies in the future as I like this quite a lot!! It has a real nice smokiness
I had this one for the first time last saturday ( before empting that bottle of Lagavulin 16 ) and I initially missed the pepper everyone is writing about. That however may had to do with the chips we had before ( sea salt with black pepper ) Sunday however I did notice a very nice pepper ( in the finish mostly ) Oh; and don't worry ; we didn't wash away the chips with whisky; we used beer or coke and rum for that All in all I had a very satisfying weekend
I think I may be needing more of a punch from my whiskies than before; I need to try one of my all time favourites ( The Dalmore 12 Black Isle ) soon to find out for sure.
So I wonder ; did you experience this sort of change in tastes yourself and did it persist?