I enthusiastically agree with what has been stated about ratings. Everybody's palate is different. SMOWK's baffling dislike of 4R is a good example.
It's a rookie mistake to assume that high age always equals high quality. The rye version of Vintage 17, ER 17, Pappys 20 & 23, 4R 100th anniversary 17 y/o are all among the most disappointing and dull whiskeys I have ever tasted. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of age statements, but one of the great things about bourbon is that there are some very tasty options at single digit ages and in the NAS category.
bibamus, moriendum est
As for why people care about what others like.... well 90% (my estimate) of folks fail to trust themselves and prefer others tell them what they should like.....
"The most futile and disastrous day seems well spent when it is reviewed through the blue, fragrant smoke of a Havana Cigar"
Anyone tried more recent distillery-only bottlings? Last month they had barrels 5 through 7 bottled.
Reid, I keep trying and buying. Being an IT guy, I spend a lot of time in closets and under women's desks. I love me some cougar bourbon.