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> Bottle mellowing opened vs. upopened
post Jul 10 2012, 01:16 AM
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I know that opened (1/3 empty) bottles age/oxidize. Fully sealed bottled will change slowly I assume. Has anyone collected any real data? I know taste buds are not trustworthy when linked up to the old memory bank (in my case anyway).
Lets say you got two bottles of Meadow of Love - will it be the same 5 years later if unopened?
Or another way to ask - When getting boutique absinthes that may have been sold quickly after bottling - is there a good time frame one should wait before opening it?
Basically, I bought Meadow of love, I see lots of discussion of it changing (for the better) over time - is that "positive" oxidation or mellowing of the hooch?
Oxidation would be infinite and mellowing would stop?
Or is this just science nomenclature versus hippy jargon?

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post Jul 10 2012, 12:17 PM
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While I can't weigh in on the scientific reasons, I'll confirm that any absinthe I've ever owned got better and better with the best being the last glass from the bottles. Funny, I was talking with a member of the forums about that only yesterday over a very pleasant phone conversation.

I do know oxygen is not as evil to absinthe as it appears to be with wine.

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post Jul 10 2012, 01:57 PM
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Most do seem to get better though it depends, in my limited experience, on the stability of the Wormwood used. Some varieties seem more sensitive to oxidation and develop a kind of iodine taste as they break down.

As for BC or MoL, I think that is another issue related to the distilling and the capture of volatile elements that evaporate early on but that is just a guess on my part.

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post Jul 10 2012, 03:05 PM
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My unscientific method is to open, pour a few doses in a topette, cork & shake bottle, and hide bottle in a cool dark place.

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