You get no two-faced attacks on Macallan from me, calling it bad in public but secretly sneaking drams in the closet. There is no whisky from The Macallan in my cabinet. Never has been and until I taste one that warrants buying, there never will be. I am always open to a taste but so far I've been disappointed. But that doesn't mean it is bad! Just because it isn't to my tastes, doesn't mean it is bad.
As I keep telling beginning scotch drinkers, you need some of your own experience before you can get much out of a tasting note or a score. Your impressions may be quite different from others. Professional tasters disagree but read notes and scores from many of them to see which ones line up more closely with your own so you can use them as a guide.
Even from day to day a whisky which was the best you've ever tasted may be not so good one day and back to being excellent another day. One taste of a whisky is not enough for a rating. IMO, you must finish a bottle, over time (certainly not an evening
) before you will know it well.
Can there be a perfect whisky? I suppose but I doubt it as I like different whiskies at different times, in different moods, before or after different meals, etc.
[This message has been edited by hpulley (edited 06 March 2003).]