I guess am what you could call an amateur connoisseur of liquors in general, and whiskeys specifically. And for a while now, I have been drawn to liquors that are “bottled-in-bond”. I know that means they have to pass certain criteria when they made.
Then about 10 years ago, or so, I was drinking a bottled-in-bond bourbon. It was actually rather inexpensive, which I also liked. And I at least thought it tasted pretty good. Then I held it up to the light. I could be wrong. But I could have sworn that it was unusually reddish–like it had been infused with artificial coloring or something! Is that possible?
I know “bottled-in-bond” is not an absolute indicator of quality. But surely it is better than other non-BIB whiskeys. Am I wrong? And, back to my experience: Could they have really added artificial red coloring to it?