in the few years I start to get a bit more serious about appreciating whisky I noticed some differences in bottlings...
Before I continue, I would like to point out that I do not want to criticize any destillery in whatever way.
I only want to share some of my experiences with you, that brought me to starting this poll.
The Edradour 10yo:
old: tall bottle with a coloured waterpainting on it
new: dumpy bottle with white label
Highland Park 12yo:
old: dumpy bottle with wide neck
new: other dumpy with narrow neck
old: 70's vintages
new: 80's vintages
For unknown reasons, I prefer the old bottlings.
Anybody here with similar experiences?
And if so, with which bottlings?
We do it with most things in life - for example, today's music is no where near as good as the stuff we listened to when we were teenagers; society used to be more polite; whisky used to taste better, etc, etc.
I'm only hypothesising here, but distilleries probably had a lot more latitude 10-15 years ago than they do today. The recent boom in sales and popularity of single malts has meant that every move a distillery makes is closely scrutinised, and consumers are far more educated and aware than ever before.
Where am I going with this? I think the pressure and competition is really on these days, and distilleries can't afford to put a foot wrong by releasing a dud or being lazy with their vattings.
Current whisky supplies depend on what was distilled 10+ years ago.
Increase in single malt demand may be causing some distilleries to bottle some casks that might not have been of the quality judged suitable for single malt whisky in previous years.
Also, like admiral i trust the distillerys know what they are doing and are rather carefull with whatever they change in a bottling. (i bet that every bottle that i personally think is worse then it used to be is just caramelized, and as my poll has proven, they are only doing it to satisfy us, because we demand a nice and consistent color...)
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