Lawrence wrote:The other is your palate. Geln Breton, on the scale of whiskies is not a heavy whisky and for you to drink wine and then have Ardbeg and expect to taste a lighter whisky afterwards never works, IMHO. Especially a peated whisky, it's my rule never to go backwards on the peating scale when tasting whiskies, it just doesn't work.
However after 30 months of being opened I would have to say your GB has suffered from exposure to air.
No, this wasn't just a case of going from a big peaty whisky to a lighter one...the GB had a very strong flavour! And it was also at least 45 minutes and a couple of glasses of ice water between the two whiskys, so I had a fairly clean palate.
No real loss on pouring the Breton - if it took me that long to drink it, I didn't need it any more.
But what surprised me was the reaction to age. I guess I was expecting a loss of flavour, or a loss of balance (i.e. maybe a more alcoholic taste or something like that), not a complete change to something undrinkable.
I also wonder would it have made me sick if I would have (or could have!) drank any quantity.