Ever had a “bad” whisky?July 26th, 2009
Dr. Whisky added a late comment on my blog posting on whisky reviewers, which included this thought:
I love whisky and give every producer the benefit of the doubt that if they bothered to put it in a bottle it can never be BAD.
Well, let me start out by saying that I like Dr. Whisky (and his blog) very much. I also have the greatest respect for the master blenders and master distillers around the world.
BUT, I have tasted some whiskies the past 30 years that I thought were bad. By “bad”, I mean that the whisky never should have been bottled. Fortunately, there haven’t been many.
The one that sticks with me the most was a Cadenhead’s Talisker that I tasted back in the 1990s. I didn’t keep the details of the whisky. (I wish I did.) All I remember was tasting it, and then dumping the sample (and the the rest of the bottle) down the sink. The wood it was aged in was terrible and ruined the whisky. Did anyone else taste this one?
There is a lot more attention to details these day. I think the chance of getting a truly bad whisky is slim. You might not like a whisky because it is too young, too old, too overly sherried or whatever. But, the whisky is still drinkable, and there’s someone out there who will buy it and enjoy it.
Have you ever tasted a whisky you thought was bad? If so, what was it, and why did you feel that way?
(Be nice, now. I don’t want this to turn into a whisky bashing session.)