I have even written about this happening to one of my favourite drams - the Glenfarclas Quarter Casks, which changes completely after just 2 weeks. But the Glenfarclas QC doesn't deteriorate, it just changes.
Today I re-visited a Bruichladdich "Waves" 7 years old which was originally opened in early December (2006).
I really like this whisky, a good, albeit slightly young 'Laddie which offers typical Bruichladdich fruit, along with a young spiciness not seen in other 'Laddies.
Today, after about 5-6 weeks, the spiciness was almost completely missing, the fruit tasted old and it just wasn't exactly pleasant.
The bottle is about 2/3 empty and I just can't believe the very negative change in such a short time.
Do you have any similar experiences?
Mustardhead wrote:I have never experienced anything like that! Maybe a bottle will change over a year if it is left by accident but I've certainly not seen a change for the worse in such a short time.
I suspect it has to to with the "emptiness" of the bottle, if the air/whisky ratio gets too high the alcohol evaporates easier because there is more room in the bottle to evaporate in.
At the time I suspected it was because it had traveled with the open bottle. (A lot of vibration and sloshing about could speed up the process??? Don't know...)
if that question was to me:
I have a large collection which is not for drinking, these are stored in a cool dark storage area with a ppretty constant temperature year-round.
Of course, all upright.
As for the drinkables (including this 'Laddie):
They are in a drinks cabinet in my lounge. Slightly warmer than my collection storage area as this is a living room, but the cabinet is dark and an even temperature. Again, all are stored upright.
As I mentioned, I am aware of changes and I never had a problem with earlier opened bottles of Bruichladdich Waves - this is a dram I like and have opened 3-4 in the last year or so, since they became available.
For some reason, this one bottle does seem to have suffered extremely badly and I suspect that I will be throwing what's left in the bottle away.
And sometimes I feel the first drams of a bottle are the best.
But it depends on the whisky and on the bottle. For most bottles, the rule 'finish within a few weeks when its 2/3 empty' holds true. But I also have had bottles which seem to last very well with time even when there's only a little left (like Glenmorangie 10).
I have found that standard Laphroaig 10yo will develop a slightly bitter finish after it has been opened for a few months (no matter the liquid level).
It isn't enough for me to put it off
I have just had the privilege of opening and trying enough bottles of the stuff. But that is just my taste experience. I am sure others will disagree.
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