JM's whisky tasting made me question the way I evaluate / rank whiskies. I feel like I'm way to influenced by what I'm supposed to like rather than what I actually do like. As brilliant as JM is at picking out flavours and spotting flaws in a whiksky, there should one area I win hands down - deciding what * I prefer *.
I preferred the Amrut to all bar 2 of the whiksies we tried but he scored it the lowest of the lot. It's only £20 a bottle. It's different and fun. Why haven't I bought any yet ?
Because it only got 82
I've had the same thing listening to regulars on sb.com (they've suggested great stuff as well). Almost everyone loves the Van Winkle stuff - especially the Old Rip 15yo and Pappy 20yo. It really did not impress me that much (about 18 months ago). I tried it at the same time as some Wild Turkey 10yo, which I *much* preferred. In fact the only Van Winkle whisky that I believe I honestly rate is their rye. Depite this I feel a great urge to buy more Van Winkle bourbons. Help me !!
Few people seem to rate Noah's Mill. I suspect, blind, I would rate it my favourite but I think I'm actually scared to admit it
From now on I'm going to put the books away, when I evaluate a whisky and trust my own palate.
Anyone else think they suffer from this complaint ?