peergynt323 wrote:This is true, however Michael Jackson has not changed his score for Lagavulin 16yo, and I'm sure that he's had a dram or two of the "Port Ellen" bottling.
Does this really happen and how regularly? And I mean rescoring the whiskies without knowledgement that it has been done. I didn't know this.
I trust Johannes and the Malt Maniacs a great deal in their whisky scores, but it's impossible to ignore the fact that older bottlings receive higher scores for every distillery. When you realize that one of your favorite malts has changed and that you will have to look twice as hard and pay five times as much for the old bottling as you used to, the new one can leave something of a bitter taste (pun intended).
I think I have read that Johannes has bought a big stack of Lagavulin 16 on mid-90's when he fall in love with it (not recently) and I think he has done even blind head-to-head comparison with newer bottlings, but I'm not sure of this. And what comes to old bottling, Johannes seem to have over 30yo bottlings of whiskies on his shit-list and 10yo whiskies with high rankings. So his scoring does not seem to be totally biased.
There are many reasons Laga does not have the following that it used to and TH touched on a few. This does not make the newer bottling anything less than phenomenal though. Keep in mind that it does receive average scores of 87-89 on MM, which few <$100 OB's achieve. The last "White Horse" bottling did only slightly better than that.
Well, I can taste the difference even between 2000 and 2002 bottlings and 2000 was better. I can only dream what might have been the stuff in 90´s. No one can argue with that.
Much like in a vertical tasting with wine, it's easy to exaggerate just how "bad" a particular bottling or vintage is.
Well, I did not say Lagavulin 16yo is nowadays bad. I just pointed out for the starter of this thread that some people consider that Lagavulin tasted better in 90's than nowadays which might be one of the reasons why the taste does not apply with M.J.'s score 95. I haven't had even opportunity to taste 90's Lagavulin, but I still like Lagavulin a lot.