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  1. #11
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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Halifax View Post
    Or perhaps taste is but one of many factors as to why some whiskies receive extraordinary reviews.
    Chuck thinks we are all a bunch of conspiracy theorists for voting yes I guess..not about that at all. It makes perfect sense that Barrel #1 of EWSB, which would go out to reviewers and VIPS mainly, would be a honey barrel. As was noted earlier in this thread, if you ran a restaurant and knew a reviewer was coming, you'd do everything you could to not put your best foot forward. It makes no sense to send a reviewer just some random sample.

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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    What is the end game if it is proven that the answer is "yes"? Class action lawsuit against reviewers? Or distilleries?

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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Halifax View Post
    How else do you explain Evan Williams Single Barrel getting rated a 95 or 93? I've never drank an EWSB that I would rate higher than 86. It is good whiskey, not great whiskey.
    Hear hear!!!
    These reviewers gush like school girls over EW1B every year and it's not bad whiskey but it ain't worth the review or any review, it's just OK.
    ovh

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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    Quote Originally Posted by bingstein View Post
    What is the end game if it is proven that the answer is "yes"? Class action lawsuit against reviewers? Or distilleries?
    Just the reviewers.
    The distilleries just bottle it and sell it.
    ovh

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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    900 barrels. One is a honey barrel, and tastes very good. 899 are mediocre? That's what I'm hearing y'all say?
    JOE

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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    Could another factor be that the bottle has not gone through the shipping and manhandling of the three tier system? The bottle shows up to the reviewer less disturbed than the bottle that was manhandled along the way.

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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    either the reviewers do get honey barrels/bottles, or most of us just have higher standards. even Jim Murray, who i most often agree with on taste profile, gives out some numbers that seem too high.of course, he also gives out some very low numbers on occasion...

    when sazerac 18 first came out, bt let reviewers sample whiskey at barrel proof. I'm sure it was absolutely stunning! although reviewers may not have reviewed the bottled whiskey based upon what they first tasted, would it effect a value judgement on the final review?
    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    I like to save up the charred bits in the bottom of the unfiltered stuff. When I have enough, I pour milk on it and eat it.

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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    I'd like to see all professional reviews done blind. If you've ever been in a blind tasting, you have probably been surprised at what can happen.

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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    I would be surprised if they didn't.

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    Re: Do reviewers get honey barrels?

    I thought about starting a whiskey review blog with the objective of getting some of these free samples. On further reflection I looked at how much it would cost to go out and buy enough bottles for my initial reviews to get the ball rolling until the freebees started rolling in. I do have some whiskey bunkered, but how many reviews of Ritt BIB can I write? I realized that its going to be cheaper in the long run to just buy my own whiskey.

    As far as the honey barrel's going to reviewers, who cares? I have my own honey barrels.

 

 

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