Originally Posted by Unregistered
A quick comment on your message. Whisky is not like wine and does not age or improve in the bottle, so its going to be exactly the same in 25 years as it is now.
A bit of a correction here after viewing quite a few Ralfy reviews of Scotch. If it's a single malt, then yes, the whisky should be exactly the same no matter how much time has passed. However, with a blended Scotch whisky time may alter the contents. In at least two instances, one when comparing a 40 year old bottle of JW Red with a current JW Red, and second when comparing a twelve year old bottle of Buchanon 12 with its current issue, Ralfy convincingly states that with the passage of time, the various components of the blend, e.g., the barley and particular grain(s) may form a more perfect union so to speak, leading him to definitely favor the older versions of the same whisky blend.
I should test his conclusion because I do have an unopened bottle of Chivas 12 that is at least 10 years old (rescued from my deceased mother-in-law's home). I certainly could buy a new bottle of Chivas 12 and do a side by side blindfold test, except that I'd rather spend good liquor money on something else. http://www.whisky.com/forum/images/icons/icon7.gif