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Scoring System

When I decided to start Whiskyrific, I believed that tasting notes and descriptors were sufficient to convey my interpretation of a whisky’s quality (and how much I liked it).

I intentionally stayed away from a scoring system because of the difficulties of scoring – besides, common methods have their flaws eg. why 85 and not 86 points, yet a 5 star method seemed too narrow a range. Also I was not sure I could score accurately anyway.

But going back to previous tasting notes, I now see that some of my enthusiasm for particular whiskies is somewhat lost in the maze of words. One might find many ‘off’ sounding scents in a whisky – rubber, matches, chalk, damp, manure anyone? – and yet it could be a nice natural rubber instead of a burning sulfurous vulcanized rubber for example, or a warm farmyard scent instead of well, cat shit… Or it might be the case where these weird scents, taken together as a whole, does form a rather excellent and delicious whole.

So I introduce Whiskyrific‘s sliding scale of delectability:

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Pretty self-explanatory I think, here the red pointer indicates where between ‘Nice’ and ‘Excellent’ I think a whisky belongs. No numbers here and by nature such a scale is not exact. Also the general caveats apply:

This scale represents my subjective view on how good I believe a whisky is. One man’s meat is another man’s poison, and something I really like, you may turn out not to like at all, and vice versa.

Position on the scale is determined only by how good I believe the whisky is, and does not take into account other non taste specific factors, like cost, or rarity.

If it seems that my pointer is more often on the ‘Excellent’ end, this is because I too am a consumer, and more often than not make purchasing decisions based on how well it was received by crowd wisdom – generally this means if most people find it good, there’s a good chance that so will I. Exceptions apply.

So I will now begin reviewing past posts and editing them to include the Whiskyrific scale, a tasty job I do not regret one drop.

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