Well spake, Frodo, and hardly any typos! I guess that means you're serious (or at least not at work). Thanks for bringing Mr Cowdery's thoughts to our attention--they mirror mine pretty well.
If people enjoy attaching numbers to their experiences, I don't mind at all. I even take some interest in seeing what numbers they attach to what. I simply can't do it, and don't have the desire to. Appreciating whisky is an inherently subjective experience in the first place. I've had drams of Jura and Bunnahabhain at the distilleries on blustery mornings and thought they were absolutely wonderful; I've never had a dram of either one in any other circumstance that tickled me in the same way. At the same time, there is no doubt someone out there who thinks my humdrum Bunny is a most splendid dram. (My Humdrum Bunny would be a cool name for a band.)
Matt Page wrote:But for the rest of us it can provide a useful guide to some very good whiskies, and make it a bit easier when presented with a selection of 100 bottles in a shop.
There is no one on this forum (well, almost no one) who does not have the level of sophistication and experience I am talking about, simply by virtue of being curious enough to be here. Believe me, I am most certainly not holding myself up as the avatar of sophistication here! I am sure that I am at the lower end of the scale as far as that's concerned.
TomJefferson wrote:Have you seen the tasting panel? Are they not experienced or sophisticated enough for you?
Welcome to the discussion, TJ! Love the Declaration of Independence, by the way.
As Frodo points out, this isn't the point. Look, I don't have any problem with this sort of thing being done; as I said, it's good for publicity, discussion, and yes, marketing (and I say that without a trace of cynicism). The fact that you and Matt and myriad other folks feel that this gives you help in choosing what to buy only proves the point. That's all fine! I simply don't think anyone should take such things seriously enough to get their shorts in a twist. I don't think for a second that such an award "proves" that Talisker 18 is the best single malt in the world (as others have said, there's no such thing), and I don't think you do, either. It's all in good fun, and all it shows is that with the range considered, the panelists involved, and the conditions of competition, the average/consensus of opinion had T18 coming out on top. All that really means to me is that it's a pretty damn good whisky, and I knew that already, anyway.
Now excuse me, I'm on my way out to buy a case of Heinekin, the Best Beer In The World!