bourbonv wrote:There are many other bourbons being bottled now at 12 or more years, which I think are past their prime and should have been bottled sooner.
Whiskme wrote: I wonder if they could all be listed according to the optimum age? It seems the majority of the audience here are people interested in learning and this might be a wonderful guideline for participants. Even if the collaboration were simply opinions, they would be a fair assessment and might save some of us the pain of spending a gaggle of money on an old worn out bottle, past it's prime.
Julian would just about kill for some barrels of the low distillation, low barrel proof bourbon made at Stitzel-Weller when it was family owned. These flavorfull bourbons were good at an early age (4-6 years old), could be better at medium ages (7-10 years old) and had the potential of being out of this world at over 10 years old. He brought a bottle of Van Winkle Family Reserve made in 1970 and bottled in 1984 to the Bourbon's Bistro the other day. He said it was the best bourbon he ever bottled
Warehouse position does play a role in the aging of bourbon. The month in which it was made plays a role as well with the winter months making the smoother, better aging bourbons.
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