A reminder of my rating schemeFebruary 24th, 2010
Numbers don’t mean anything if they aren’t defined and put in perspective. A comment raised in my recent post here shows that I need to post my rating scheme, which you will find in Malt Advocate magazine. (The reviews here on WDJK essentially are advanced reviews of what will be published in Malt Advocate’s Buyer’s Guide.)
A classic! All components are balanced appropriately, with the complexity and character expected in a classic.
Outstanding! One of the best for style. Distinctive.
Good to very good. Plenty of character and no identifiable flaws. Worth seeking out.
Average. No unique qualities. Flaws possible.
Below average. Major flaws. Avoid.
So, when I review a whisky, keep this rating scheme in mind. For example, when I give a whisky a rating in the low 80s, this doesn’t mean I don’t like it or think something is wrong with it.