Well, he can't deny he can't add!! I revisited the 2007 bible just now, and his scores for Ben Bracken are: 20,20, 19,20 = 88!!
and 79 was the score given to Tamnavulin!! Like I said - spooky! nonetheless, I'm not convinced that Ben Bracken was Tamnavulin, but it's been a long time since I had either.
what I wonder about JM is how many whiskies has he perhaps NOT appreciated or scored appropriately because he only tasted/visitted them once, when surely even his palate is not perfect everytime. Even he , surely, has found whiskies to often taste different/better day to day?
Go read his review of the IMO quite outstanding Lagavulin 21 last year. If he hadn;t "revisited" that one, he's have scored it low 80s, whereas, when he gave it its deserved 2nd visit, it scored a conservative(IMVHO!!) 96!!
Perhaps he should stop playing the "numbers" game("60,000 new whiskies tasted!"-Only joking...)And give fewer whiskies more time.
but what do I know? Overall I find his work useful, formative, often entertaining, and, hey, I don;t always agree with him! I loved the old Bowmore Darkest - he hated it! And I'll probably buy this year's Bible!
But I'd welcome an explanation from him about "the Lagavulin 21 effect", and why he chose to revisit it, and whether he feels other scores would differ were he to revisit every whisky.
c'mon Jimbo! We're listening...