Cocktails & Spirits 7

new bottle of whiskey

theginguy | May 30, 200812:32 PM

I have a weird question.

It seems to me that on some bottles of bourbon and scotch I get, that the first few pours from a new bottle tastes a lot more ethanolish. Then as I get to the bottom of a bottle, there's less 'alcohol' taste and more richer, complex bourbon or scotch flavor.

Has anyone else experienced this or am I imagining things. Let me give an example.

I got a bottle of Old Forester. The first few glasses I had of it, was very strong in alcohol/ethanol/rubbing alcohol, both in smell and taste. So I thought to myself, "yuck" I'm not buying Old Forester again. But then as I got down towards the bottom, the whiskey started tasting a whole lot better.

Should I kind of shake a bottle before I pour? Does the alcohol rise to the top of the bottle?

I don't know, kind of weird.

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