Muskrat Portage wrote:
Welcome to the forum, needless to say you'll find a very eclectic bunch here. Knowledgeable, but eclectic, eh Bruce?
There are some individuals here who are eclectic all by themselves....
Muskrat Portage wrote:At a tasting, I drop the measure to 1 tablespoon so that after 12 samples, you are still somewhat coherent....
Is that how much it takes? I'll have to try it.
I had a three-ounce dram in the pub attached to my hotel here last night, of Glenlivet 12 (the entire malt selection was that and 'fiddich). I have to say, that was a nice amount for really getting to know and enjoy the whisky. Tastings are wonderful, but a bit artificial, and I'm always a bit wary of notes made in such circumstances. I know that I cannot really begin to understand a malt in such a small sample, nor can I properly taste many consecutive malts. And tasting competitions are another thing altogether--to win such, a product must stand out in some way, and I think brewers and chili chefs, for example, design their entries with that in mind. The same principle applies to some extent to whisky tastings, so that, when I see "Macaskill 42 was the consensus hit of the evening", I take it with a grain of salt. It means that Macaskill 42 was the favorite of those tasters in that context
, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it would be the favorite of any of those people in a different (particularly noncompetitive) context.
This is also one, among several, reasons that I don't even think about scoring whiskies.