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Old 03-26-2019, 10:17 AM   #1
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I post this without reading in detail, hard to imagine McKenna is the best (it is good but it is young Elijah Craig I think. Any who argue amongst yourselves:

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I can't judge that one. I know which ones I like best.
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At this point in the day, my notes aren’t as articulate as they were at 10 a.m. I wrote, “good stuff.”
No kidding!

Just one more reason to take the results of such competitions with a dram of salt.
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:03 AM   #4
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I am leery of any pay to enter contest and anything where influencers seem to be working as much for their own interest as for true and clear ratings.

perhaps McKenna was the best whiskey in the wold entered in this challenge rather than the best whiskey on the world.

Of note though was the rater saying some scotches were very good but likely were overwhelmed by other scotches that had in your face flavor profiles (I would think over peated whiskey would score well in these ratings since the flavors persist).
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I think "persist" is a very polite descriptor. Last time I had a glass of "good" Scotch, it was so heavily peated that I was still tasting it a few days later. Ardbeg and Peat Monster are very heavily peated. Some people like that, I'm not as big a fan of it as I once was.
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You guys will remember when the jr ultimate was labeled as winning grand good medals at the monde competition? Again, a pair review thing that only judged a product on its own merit. We all know that the ult was good but the award was bought.

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the only Current candidate was just a brand of Chinese cigarettes.

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I think "persist" is a very polite descriptor. Last time I had a glass of "good" Scotch, it was so heavily peated that I was still tasting it a few days later. Ardbeg and Peat Monster are very heavily peated. Some people like that, I'm not as big a fan of it as I once was.


I went to an ardbeg tasting a month ago at a local B&M, and was quite pleased with the variety of scotches they put out, from slightly to very, very smoky. The 10 and Uigeadail were best to my taste buds, and the Corryvreckan was a bit over the top, but I could picture myself having a taste of it now and then.

I’m still very impressed with the Benromach 10YO, it has a slightly smoky flavor, but a more traditional Speyside profile. Maybe that would suit you better than the Islas.

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...very good but likely were overwhelmed by other scotches that had in your face flavor profiles...
The sheer intensity of some spirits can indeed often be a significant factor in influencing the outcome of such competitions, with subtlety and complexity ending up playing second fiddle. And, as stated above, palates also do tend to 'tire' over the course of extended tasting competitions.
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The sheer intensity of some spirits can indeed often be a significant factor in influencing the outcome of such competitions, with subtlety and complexity ending up playing second fiddle.
Excellent point.

While many nuances in a spirit are beyond my palate, this may be one of the reasons I find myself enjoying more Irish whiskeys lately. IMO they tend to be more subtle.
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