Hey Folks, I was hoping you could help me out. I am a new fan of single malts and blends as I have tried about 15 scotches and several higher end bourbons.
In early October I bought a bottle of Glenlivet 12 yr. I opened it and drank about 3/4 of it by the middle of November with the help of some friends. One day in November I went to a friends house and brought my bottle. It was left on a outdoor patio for about 3 hours in 50 F weather. Other than that I have left it in its box, in a cupboard in about 68 F temperature.
I didn't drink anymore until today January 21 because I had been traveling for a while. Today I had some and it was terrible. Completely changed. I didn't get sweetness, apples or any of the other sweet, fruity notes that Glen 12 should have. Some peat was there with a very bitter taste on the development that bordered on stale, old moist wood. The finish was peaty and stale. Overall it was bland.
Why did this change in only a few months? Please help me learn to keep my open bottles of whisky. I do not want to continue this hobby if I can't buy bottles and keep them more than 2 months. - Jason