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Clarification on 'Core Range' and what bottles this is meant for ?

alectron
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 09-10-2017 at 09:28 am

Heya,

could we get some clarification on this as 2 specialists are of different opinion on what this is meant to be...

I would have through the 'Core Range' is meant to make the current standards / core range of a brand/distillery easily accessible to the general user of Whiskybase.

So seeing this bottle, a 12yo Springbank from the mid 80s:

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/101396/12-year-old-black-label

as the ONLY 'core range' bottle for:

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/distillery/82/springbank

is more than a bit off/wrong/confusing for a multitude of reasons for me...

So I sent in an edit request that the above old bottle should probably not be in the 'Core Range', based on my understanding of what this is meant to be - mind you, there never was an official explanation, so either could be right...
Anyhow, I then got this answer back:

" Comments from Whisky:

Core ränge is a new new item in the base, at this time this bottle was in the core range, nothing wrong with that. Because this is a new addition, it's not used often by our users"


Thoughts ?


Cheers.

c.

  Edited on 09-10-2017 at 09:28 am
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Bachess
Administrator Administrator
Posted on 16-10-2017 at 15:51 pm

The core range are the common bottles of a distillery that are available in most shops. For Springbank that will be the 10, 15, 18 and 21. the 12 is every year a different one.

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alectron
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 16-10-2017 at 21:13 pm

Hey Menno,

thanks for the reply!

My thoughts - "available in most shops" is a very open definition and will vary greatly on a fair few factors, predominantly location & time. i.e. what I see in "most" shops in NZ is very different to what I see in most shops in The Netherlands, or the US. Also, what was  "available in most shops" a year ago can be very different to what is now, and again it will be different in a year from now.


So, to have some specific example bottles to refer to, should these be in the 'core range':

- a 12yo Springbank from the mid 80s which once upon a time was their 'core range' but has not been for a long time, I would say no (and this is what the other specialist called Whisky and me disagreed on...) :

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/101396/12-year-old-black-label




Then obvious the current/new design 10yo Springbank would be part of the core range... but what about:


- the 'previous' standard Springbank 10 yo:

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/5896/springbank-10-year-old

This is a tricky one then... as Springbank has stopped producing this end of 2016, but, 'most shops' around the world still carry this and the newest design is harder to find at this point.
Curiously yours.
c.


Remember - whisky scores and impressions are highly subjective and situational by nature - so don't go and buy whisky according to someone else's taste...
Whisky
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 24-10-2017 at 15:57 pm
alectron wrote:

Hey Menno,

thanks for the reply!

My thoughts - "available in most shops" is a very open definition and will vary greatly on a fair few factors, predominantly location & time. i.e. what I see in "most" shops in NZ is very different to what I see in most shops in The Netherlands, or the US. Also, what was  "available in most shops" a year ago can be very different to what is now, and again it will be different in a year from now.


So, to have some specific example bottles to refer to, should these be in the 'core range':

- a 12yo Springbank from the mid 80s which once upon a time was their 'core range' but has not been for a long time, I would say no (and this is what the other specialist called Whisky and me disagreed on...) :

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/101396/12-year-old-black-label


Good the make a clear definition.

If we decide only present core range I agree with Chris and the old 12yo black label isn't a core range. If we decide core range in general then I think it (at least) used to be a core range.

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