I ask because I noticed I tend to be biased toward my own tastes and add points for my enjoyment of a particular drink. I do usually make a note of some things I recognize as well-made even though I don't really care for it. Just a curiosity among us amateurs.
2 examples are:
(89) Balvenie Port Wood 21yo 43% Speyside It gets points for age
Color: Deep amber/copper
Nose: Dusty leather, Apricot, wet horse, bourbon-y spice
Palate: Over ripe fruit, oak, stale wheat, vanilla extract
Finish: Super-rich, walnut aftertaste
Quote: This is my first “aged” malt, meaning over 20 years old. If they all have this old shoe leather and rotten fruit profile I think I’ll stick to the 15 to 18 range. You can taste quality, but over ripe bananas are only good for nut bread, so I don’t see me treating myself to this often. Distinct, yes, but not at all my style. Revise: A special quality that has continued to impress with time.
As you can see I enjoyed discovering it's qualities, but I rarely reach for it. Next:
(90) Mortlach 10yo C/S Hart Brothers (’89-’99) 58.8% abv Highland Whoa, what a kicker. Replace soon!
Nose: Lemon zest, grassy, cotton candy, banana cream, sherry. mustard, herbal
Palate: Sweet, peppermint, hot middle, tangy rush, caramel, charred wood
Body: Thin, fading
Finish: Powerhouse, clean, sappy, numbing, grassy, but not at all bitter
Quote: The cleanest palate ever and not the usual bitter finish that goes with most young, clean malts. I can get used to this one even at these C/S levels. Revise: taking on the characteristics of a strong Clynelish. Revise2: Loving the balance and complexity. Definitely a favorite.
Yes, I know, there is only 1 point difference between these, but the way I discribe them is totally different. I didn't realize until I reread some notes that I had a passion in some and not in others although they scored very similar. Knowing full well that this is subjective and not all that important, I thought I'd make my first poll a confusing one to spark opinions, so fire away.