The first 2-4 days after I opened this bottle, I was happy and enthusiastic about Russell's Reserve. It was a full-flavored bourbon full of saddle leather and dusty flavors. I could taste it for minutes afterwards as well. But after those first few days, it progressively breathed itself into a very mediocre, almost "cheap" tasting whisky. I was baffled by how much the flavor changed over the three weeks I drank through this bottle. I can't honestly recommend this to anyone. If it held the flavors, I'd recommend this for any lover of bourbon. Unfortunately, it didn't, and I can't.
I haven't kept any records which would let me see if the ABV or cask type has any effect. Unfortunately for those that go flat I rarely buy another bottle to see if it was just a poor cork which ruined it.
Tough to say if this is the result of a bad seal, oxidation, loss of alcohol causing different congeners to come to the fore or what.
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