I'm writing as a newbie ( still!) and have a couple of questions for more experienced whisky lovers and an observation.
I posted a while ago to say I had bought a bottle of HP 21 yo and how much I enjoyed it.I've only had it just over a week. A good friend came round last night and after a couple of beers offered him a whisky (he'd only drunk Bells, Jamesons and Jack Daniels before but does have a good palate).
After a sniff of 3 bottles ( the HP21 , a Balvenie doublewood and an Aberlour A'Bundah batch 16) he said the Aberlour smelt as if it would be too rich.
We started with the HP and those who have seen my other post will know I love it. But it was even better than the first and second time ! It tasted somehwat "airier" .
Is it my palate getting used to it and what to expect ? Or is it that after the bottle is opened it "breathes" a bit more? Loved it even more this time. I'm not sure whether it's the right description to offer , but it tasted a little "breezy" ( reminded me of that freshness you get on a spring day at the beach when the wind blows off the sea) .
My friend loved it too - said it was almost "cleansing" and told me of how ,after a bottle of Valpolicella on holiday a waiter recommended a msture schapps to freshen the mouth . Felt it did the same thing.
We then tried the Balvenie and his reaction was - very pleasant a nice easy drink smooth and comforting , but more "bland" than the HP.
He declined the Aberlour saying it would be too overpowering and he wanted to savour what he had had.
Makes me wonder :-
1. Does whisky get better once opened ( at least for a while?) and/or
2. Does your palate develop a sense of memory and/or anticipation
Welcome your thoughts !