cowdery wrote:Looking at the picture, the fill level would concern me. It looks like there has been some evaporation. If whiskey can get out, oxygen can get in.
doubleblank wrote:This seems as good a place as any to post about the low fill bottles. Like many have stated here, low fill levels in older bottles results in air getting into the bottle and can result in the whiskey picking up "off" flavors. But I have also noted a lower level of alcohol when I've tasted these types of bottles. So I had a friend who runs a commercial testing lab analyze a couple of older bottles for alcohol concentration. One was a VOF from the '60's that had a bottom of the shoulder fill and a Ky Gentleman BIB 6yo from the '50's with a similar fill level. Both showed significant alcohol loss relative to the water loss from evaporation. IIRC, the alcohol content dropped from 50% to between 40 to 42%. So when you drink one of these low filled dusties, at best you're not drinking what was put in the bottle and at worst, something very foul. I don't purchase any low fill dusties anymore based on my experience.
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