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Slàinte Mhath

Timo a.k.a. 'whisky buff'  •  Moderator  Moderator

About Slàinte Mhath:

As each and every one of us has a different perception of what a certain score actually means, it is essential to set standards for the sake of comparability. My elaborated rating system is freely convertible from 1-5 stars to x/100 points and vice versa and has its roots in Michael Jackson's 'Malt Whisky Companion'. I only review and rate whiskies that I have tasted at least twice, and all my scores are not more than a personal opinion.


            Score             Stars                               Explanation

            95-96              5.0             PERFECT            as close to perfection as possible

              94               4.9                _


              93               4.7                +

            91-92              4.5             SUPERB             truly outstanding malts

              90               4.4                _


              89               4.2                +

            87-88              4.0           FIRST-CLASS          highly recommended 'must try'

              86               3.9                _


              85               3.7                +

            83-84              3.5          ABOVE AVERAGE         the 'better' stuff

              82               3.4                _


              81               3.2                +

            79-80              3.0             AVERAGE            decent but uneventful whiskies

              78               2.9                _


              76               2.7                +

            72-74              2.5            PALATABLE           affordable drams with minor flaws

              70               2.4                _


              65               2.2                +

            60-62              2.0              POOR              whiskies with serious flaws

              55               1.9                _


              50               1.5        UNDRINKABLE NEAT        only acceptable as a mixer


             <49               1.0           UNDRINKABLE          disinfectant a.k.a. 'the abyss'


As a rule of thumb, I do not recommend whiskies below 80 points, although I must stress that even a cheap Blended Scotch has its purpose if you enjoy mixed drinks. Only the best and truly outstanding whiskies are given a score of 90+

I have a particular interest in Caol Ila and Auchentoshan whiskies, as well as Japanese Single Malts in general. My credo is: 'Keep it quality, not quantity'.

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