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The distribution of whisky scores tends to be negatively skewed and concentrated between 85 and 90pts. Here's how I'm trying to follow the "unwritten rules":

  • ≥95: Legendary and it's rare for modern releases.

  • 90-94: Excellent, will secure a bottle for a reasonable price, actually even with a small markup.

  • 88-89: Good, will buy one if it's at discount vs market price.

  • 86-87: Not too bad, but waste of space at home.

  • ≤85: Spit it, the damage to your body outweighs the joy... Also my scores below 85 won't be as granular, let me know if you care.

As a rule, the score I give to a whisky is based on how it's bottled, i.e. no water added, but I might comment on any improvement if a whisky is slightly diluted. There're so many variables out there already, oxidisation is one that's almost impossible to control, let's not add another random factor to complicate what should be an enjoyable process, e.g. how much water should be added. Some whiskies could taste much better with water because they're young, strong-flavoured or over-mentholated, but this practice is not fair to others that don't need water to excel.

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Ruadh Maor - For the members of Whiskybase

Selected a few months ago because we think it will appeal to a group of whisky drinkers. If you are looking for a nice drinking whisky: Ruadh Maor from Berry Bro's & Rudd for the Members of Whiskybase. A peated Glenturret matured in a sherry butt, not your average lemonade and a pleasant surprise. Limited to 120 bottles, we are not sure where the rest of the contents went. This bottle is now available in our shop.



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