Just a quick note about scoring here.
I taste all whiskeys neat first. Then, with a tiny bit of water.
By and large I purchase everything I sample, however there are times that I am fortunate enough to receive samples from distilleries. When that occurs it will be noted in the review. Samples are not a promise of a review (or a good review), but will greatly increase your chances of getting it reviewed here at this humble blog since I can only afford so much whisky!
While I use the often loathed exact number style of rating (0-100) the way I break it down below is a lot like letter grades. It just helps me keep some order in my notes.
0-70 Pretty terrible, not likely reviewed
71-75 Not horrible, could likely be used in a cocktail of some sort
76-80 Enjoyed it, but wasn't blown away
80-84 Solid drink, but not memorable
85-89 Now we are cooking, impressive, will have these anytime
90-93 Super Top Shelf, outstanding and recommended
94-97 A lock down legendary favorite
98+ Holy Grail
The key point is that when I grade a Scotch, that is a 'Scotch Grade'.
When I grade a Bourbon, that is a 'Bourbon Grade'.
Simply meaning that a Bourbon rated at an 88 is not necessarily better than a Scotch rated at an 87...I have them separate in my mind. Hopefully that clarifies things a little bit.
They are two different animals if you will...beautiful, wonderful animals.