“There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.” – Raymond Chandler
That said you might have seen, lots of Whisky blogs use some kind of scoring system to tell you how good the Whisky is, in their respective minds, that is.
But as a fellow Whisky blogger pointed out (here, in German) nearly anybody tells their audience, how to interpret these points or what they mean to them. I posted my scoring system a while ago on my blog, but even I needed some time to locate it again. Therefor I decided to put my scoring system right at the top of my site.
Here’s how I score my Whiskys
|the 50s||lacks balance or character, probably never meant to be bottled as a single|
|the 60s||enjoyable but unexceptional|
|the 70s||worth tasting, especially above 75|
|the 80s||distinctive and exceptional|
|the 90s||the greats|
This information was taken from: Jackson Michael, “Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch”, Philadelphia 41999, p.30
The provided score, as well as my tasting notes, show how I think about that particular Whisky at a given time and day. I try to be as unbiased as possible while tasting a Whisky but just being a simple man I’d have to say that I might or might not be totally unbiased. I do not factor into my results how I obtained the Whisky (be it provided by a Distillery/Distributor, during a paid masterclass or not paid press event or even acquired by myself through a fellow Whisky lover aka Bottle split)! But I will provide the source of my sample at the end of my article and/or in the tags section if I didn’t pay for it (which will not influence how I think about the Whisky itself as mentioned above). Here is my Code of Counduct.