Tasting Notes Competition
A thread initiated by doubleblank and mightily fleshed out by Gillman and others deals with tasting notes by Jim Murray and others.
In one post Gary wrote:
Wouldn't it be fun to have a competition among professional tasters? Form a small panel of them. Have each one taste a small number of bourbons, say five, and then compose tasting notes extemporaneously. Then present a sample of each bourbon and all of the tasting notes to a panel of SB.com luminaries -- folks who have been around the bar, er ... ah ..., make that "block" a few times. They each try to identify which bourbon goes with which set of tasting notes.
Personally I find a detailed description based on simile or metaphor referring to the tastes or odors of other drinks, or of foods or other objects, informative to learn what a drink might taste like. This approach is better than formulas such as "rich and full" or "dark-tasting" which do not tell anything about the actual flavor of a product.
I'm sure there are some rough edges in this concept, but I bet y'all could work it out, perhaps at some gathering in Kentucky sometime in late summer.
A Brief Excursion to a Different Topic
The title of this post is a euphemism I use when I hijack my own thread. :grin:
You are right; there is a minimum number of characters (10) for a post. I just now went to the test forum to check it out. IIRC, this came up during testing of the new software. As easy as it is to add a few characters, I think Jim decided to leave it alone.
I suppose the software designer's purpose for that feature is to . . . Hmmm . . . Wait, I'll get it. Uh . . .
Well, you see . . . Hold on; it'll come to me.
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Or maybe not. :grin:
Seriously, during the test phase there was also minimum number of characters for keywords in the search function. I recall trying to search for "rye", "old" and "dad" (as in "Old Grand Dad), only to be informed that I had not provided a valid search parameter. Jim fixed that one.
Being a person to whom economical expression is all but unknown, I have no problem with a minimum requirement. :grin: