To elaborate on the " does whisky get old thread" this is something I've been wondering about for awhile now. For about a year I've been trying to figure out why some bottles are great when first opened then fade, while some are great and stay great to the end and others still are so-so at first and improve dramatically near the end of the bottle. Three different scenerios from the same basic product. My question is: Is it from the distilling process, the way they are finished, the age in the bottle, the age in the cask, ABV or something I'm not considering? Oxidation should be uniform, right? As an example of each : Ardbeg 10, as with almost all Islays , start great and stay great. Speysiders and Highlanders such as Glenfarclas and Glenrothes, especially Sherry Monsters seem to build as they breathe, and Campbeltowns and Island malts like Springbank, Glen Scotia, & Highland Park seem to lose their freshness rather quickly. Yea, I know I'm kinda vague here, and these are just examples, but I don't like to get into critical details for such a subjective opinion. I just wondered if anyone has noticed this and had any thoughts on the cause, or is it just my imagination. Most of the many different malts I've tried have been one or two bottles each and I've yet to find one react other than the way the previous bottle did, so I'm coming to the conclusion that it's in the way it's made more than the age, cask or finish. What do ya think?
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