On reviewing whiskey

By | 2016-03-20

Some whiskey

If you’ve read this blog for a while (there must be one of you, right?), you may have noticed the conspicuous absence of whisk(e)y reviews.  Pretty much every whiskey-oriented blog you’ll come across (see, e.g., here, here, and here) is replete with them.  For some, it’s pretty much all they do.  And yet I’ve held off.

My reasoning for not reviewing whiskey is twofold.  First and foremost, reviews of foodstuffs are entirely subjective.  What pleases my palate might not suit yours.  That’s why Doritos continue to exist and sell despite my finding them abhorrent, and also why some people refuse to accept that Brussels sprouts are delicious.  So, objectively speaking, my thoughts on a particular whiskey aren’t of any significant value.

Further, I’m not much of a tasting notes guy.  It’s not often that I’ll find “barbecue sauce, hints of ginger, lemon zest, grapefruit, and oak” in a sip of whiskey, and yet the internet abounds with such flowery language.  I’m not suggesting that these flavors can’t be found (okay, maybe a little), only that I don’t often find them.  So my reviews, were I to do them, would be decidedly simpler than most.

And yet people (normal people, not other whiskey geeks) frequently ask me about my favorite whiskey.  This is probably because I am the only whiskey geek that a lot of people know.  Even people who frequent whiskey bars or drink whiskey regularly don’t necessarily nerd out on the history or the production techniques, so when I inadvertently start espousing what (little) knowledge I have, they soon ask for my opinions and recommendations. I usually prattle off something very generic and nonspecific, and they seem disappointed.

This blog isn’t dedicated to all things whiskey, so those normal people are probably fairly representative of my audience. And since normal people seem to want my opinion on various whiskeys, I feel like I should deliver. And so I shall, but not in the typical whiskey blog fashion.  Instead, expect honest opinions, a limited set of descriptors, and practically zero use of the word ‘epic.’ It’s just whiskey, after all.

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