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Top 4 Reasons to Rate Whisky

by Oliver Klimek on July 20, 2009

  1. Rating whiskies develops your taste
    Rating whiskies is more than just enjoying their taste. To find out how well a whisky does on your personal scale you have to learn to compare it to others you have sampled. You have to actively identify the aromatic components that define the complex “organism” that a whisky represents and judge their relationships to one another. When you get more and more experienced your tastebuds (and your nose, of course) will be trained automatically along the way.
  2. It is fun to compare your ratings to others
    Although you should never let yourself influence by other people’s ratings or tasting notes, it is always interesting to see how others judge it. Taste is such a subjective thing that the same liquid can prompt very different reactions with different people.
  3. You can keep track of what drams you already know.
    As long as you only stick to a handful of favorites, you don’t really have to bother about rating whiskies. But what might you be missing? There are so many whisky bottlings out there; and when you decide to take on the whisky adventure you will taste many different bottlings from many different distilleries.After a while you will find it difficult to remember what a specific whisky tasted like and how you liked it. So you might end up buying a bottle of a whisky that you had already disapproved.This is where rating and writing down tasting notes kicks in. It helps you to remember what you did and didn’t like.
  4. Sharing ratings helps others, shared ratings help you
    Single malt whisky is expensive. It is a luxury item compared to most other drinks. You want to choose carfully which bottle to buy next in order to avoid being disappointed. By sharing your ratings and tasting notes with other people you help them to make their buying decisions and vice versa.

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