1 - unusual choice of "typical" bottlings analysed in some cases. For example why is the only Caola Ila entry a 1989 Signatory bottling? It would have been more sense and use for the widely available distillery bottling(s) to have been addressed;
2 - some well known "brands" have been completely omitted? What about Mortlach???? I know much of it may go into blending, but the distillery bottling is still widely available;
3 - within the "star" ratings there can be quite a range of overall points to make that star rating. Given that the bar charts provide the "+" and "-" points which when taken together lead to the star rating, it would have been more use to give the net total points so the reader can see where within a star rating band a whisky lies - this could help comparison within star rating bands.
I do hope a 2nd edition addresses these points.
However i do value the fact that Jim Mc Ewan and Richard Patterson helped with the tastings. Those are two palates that undoubtebly force off respect.
Its not a bad guide if you want to compare notes, thats where i use it for, but im not going to buy the second edition.
why is the only Caol Ila entry a 1989 Signatory bottling? It would have been more sense and use for the widely available distillery bottling(s) to have been addressed
There may have been quite a gap between when the whiskies were tasted and the text was written to when the book was actually published.
The great range of OB Caol Ilas currently available is a relatively recent bonus, i.e. I think they've only been on the market for 12 months. Prior to their arrival, Caol Ila was a reasonably difficult malt to find, apart from the F&F bottling.
Glad to know that the foot pun Lord has absolved me of my shins--I kneed His approval and wouldn't want to r-ankle Him. If we can get Lawrence's notes on his foot, we can compare them with yours on Bowmore Leg End. Then we'll be right instep! You hip?
Meanwhile, back at the whisky site......
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