Slàinte Mhath

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About Slàinte Mhath:

As many reviewers have a different perception of what a certain score actually means, it is essential to set standards for the sake of comparability. My own rating system includes both 1-5 stars and 1-100 points and has its roots in Michael Jackson's 'Malt Whisky Companion'. I write tasting notes for whiskies that I have tasted at least twice, while my quick hit reviews are only a first impression.


            Score             Stars                               Explanation

            95-96              5.0             PERFECT            close to perfection

              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          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 malts

              78               2.9                _


              76               2.7                +

            72-74              2.5             SUBPAR             whiskies with minor flaws

              70               2.4                _


              65               2.2                +

            60-62              2.0            INFERIOR            whiskies with serious flaws

              55               1.9                _


              50               1.5        UNDRINKABLE NEAT        only acceptable as a mixer


              49-              1.0           UNDRINKABLE          disinfectant, beware!


Generally speaking, I do not recommend whiskies below 80 points, although I must stress that even a low-cost Blended Scotch has its purpose if you enjoy mixed drinks. Only the best and truly outstanding drams are given a score of 90 points or more.

I have a particular interest in Caol Ila, old Single Grains and Japanese whiskies.

My credo is: 'Keep it quality, not quantity!'

As one of the Whiskybase admins, I coordinate the 'Photo Team' which reviews, edits and processes all picture uploads to the base. If you have any questions or inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me. Reports on fake ratings and accounts can be sent directly to the Community Manager.

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