Scoring and Scores

First of all, these are my very personal and honest views about certain whiskies. I do not try to be all objective or try to come up with how someone might like or dislike this whisky, I can only give my honest thoughts and opinions. And these may very well differ a lot from your experience and your thoughts. Guess what, taste and sensory experience are very personal. So keep in mind that my 63 can be your 97 or vice versa and we still both be “right”. I don’t think a low score or a whisky I don’t enjoy is of any lesser value than the ones I love. I – personally – just don’t enjoy it as much!

I love to try new things and would never turn down a drink or something else to try, keep an open mind and try to taste and experience everything you can.

I’m not really happy with the scoring and giving numerical scores but then again I find myself being surprisingly constant when assigning numbers to a dram in different situations. Even though these numbers are again very personal. But I hope the table below gives you an impression what certain numbers mean to me.

Even though a certain whisky has a lower score than another, I might find myself longing for the lower scored whisky because in certain situations, I feel rather attracted by that one. That is especially true across the borders of whisky, hence my scores for Scotch, American and World Whiskies are not really comparable against each other. The reason for that is that I look for different things in different whiskies, one of the best examples would be the light fruitiness of tripple distilled Irish whiskies. If I reach for an Irish Whisky, I expect these kind of notes. For whatever reasons I usually don’t really like them in Scotch. I know, weird me but that’s how it is…

Here are some tables and examples to guide you through my scores and preference:

Scotch:

Grade
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
Score
100 – 98
97 – 94
93 – 90
89 – 88
87 – 84
83 – 80
79 – 78
77 – 74
73 -…
Example

American Whisky:

Grade
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
Score
100 – 98
97 – 94
93 – 90
89 – 88
87 – 84
83 – 80
79 – 78
77 – 74
73 -…
Example

World Whisky:

Grade
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
Score
100 – 98
97 – 94
93 – 90
89 – 88
87 – 84
83 – 80
79 – 78
77 – 74
73 -…
Example