Tasting whisky will always be incredibly subjective. Some people love peat, some love the lighter floral styles, some love cask strength and others want an easy drinking dram for a night by the fire. Preferences can also change over time, and sometimes mine change depending on the company I’m with, where I am, the experience I’m having, the weather, my mood and a multitude of other factors. This is my personal scoring system. Make of it what you will 🙂
0-7: Spit it out. Clean your teeth immediately.
8-10: Don’t bother. Have a dry night and make yourself a nice peppermint tea instead.
11-12: This is okay. I wouldn’t necessarily drink it again. Some redeeming characteristics.
13-14: A good dram for this style of whisky, some things about it I felt were lacking, unpleasant or just not to my taste.
15-16: A great dram, definitely keen to keep drinking this and would recommend to friends.
17-18: A really excellent dram. A lot of good things about it. Savour this bottle.
19: This is up there among one of the best drams I’ve tasted, get a bottle or two if you can.
20: A dram that cannot be beaten. Pure perfection.