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  1. #81
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    Re: What Good Are Ratings?

    Tom,

    You're being unfairly hard on comic books.

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    Re: What Good Are Ratings?

    Well, in a similar vein, most of us would agree on a broad rating of 7s, 8s, 9s and 10s for looks...be it men or women...and though the exact rating may differ I bet a large % would be within 10 pts. So, there is probably value in identifying the best from the average and bad. Once you find a reviewer with a similar palate the reviews carry more weight. I cannot tell you if a 87 pt whiskey or wine etc. is worse than a 91 pt but I assume both are good.
    A 74 pt product should be noticeably worse than a 85+. General agreement is probably valid with some outliers expected.
    I only pick up 2-4 flavor notes in most whiskey or wine so the pantry list of notes usually just adds color. I am not saying they don't exist, but most are passing experiences that come and go quickly in the overall taste. I think the mind can create an expectation and the note will be found if searched for in the mix.
    Last edited by Jono; 11-15-2011 at 17:13.

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    Re: What Good Are Ratings?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Tom,

    You're being unfairly hard on comic books.
    Too funny Chuck, too funny!

  4. #84

    Re: What Good Are Ratings?

    Chuck,

    You caught my bias, I never did like comic books although I always enjoyed Mad Magazine.

    Despite my comments about whiskey reviews, I do read them avidly. And I respect the whiskey knowledge of people like John Hansell, Jim Murray, Paul Pacult and yourself (even though you are not primarily in the business of reviewing whiskeys). If a new whiskey release comes out, and it is expensive, I'm more likely to try it if respected reviewers rate it highly. But I don't give much weight to the exact numbers on their scales nor to their words of description unless they are funny.

 

 

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