And another thing......
After several (separate) conversations with many knowledgable malt drinkers, we all agreed that many "special" bottlings have deteriorated enormously.
The Glenmorangie standard wood finishes (Sherry, Madeira, and Port), together with the Bowmore "Darkest" are four good examples.
These whiskies were no doubt very good when they were first launched. They quickly made a name for themselves and established a reputation as being top shelf, high-scoring malts. (This was about the time MJ's 4th edition came out!).
However, it is clear to everyone that the malts are spending less time in the finishing cask; that the quality of the casks has gone downhill (particularly for the Bowmore Darkest), and the whiskies are DEFINITELY not the same quality as they were when they were first launched.
It annoys me considerably that the 5th edition retains the scores (and hence maintains their reputations) from 4 or 5 years ago because clearly MJ did not bother to re-vist these and taste current samples.