Congratulations Wade . You're the master at proving how easy it is to get SB'ers to rant and get pissed at each other. It's almost too easy, isn't it?
My hat's off to you sir!
Lead me not into temptation - I can find the way myself
super duper money, honey? I like it. I'm thirsty. hook me up.
I am not sure how someone would think a distiller wouldn't send a "honey" barrel out for review, would Burger King put a picture of an average sandwich served in their restaurant on a national commercial? In my eyes professional reviews are nothing more than advertising for a brand, even if the reviewer is "independent" of the brand. Given that, I generally pay zero attention to reviews or tasting notes as my palette is most certainly different than anyone else's and I know my palate changes day to day so a review can be skewed simply by an off day or the reviewers general attitude/excitement towards a product or release.
I am sure that distilleries take steps to ensure that the reviewers don't get the worst barrels - believing anything else would be naive.
However, there may be an even bigger factor at play. It seems the livelihood of many professional reviewers depends on distillery relationships and free samples from the very people they are reviewing - this sure seems like it could present conflict of interest concerns. If some of these reviewers were to start giving more realistic ratings (Ever see anything rated below 80 on a 100 point scale? How about a bottle rated C+ on a A-F scale?), they just might see their ability to review rare and unreleased products dry up along with their review career. This is one of the reasons I tend to trust SB members over reviewers - they will tell me when something sucks.
Last edited by LostBottle; 02-25-2013 at 19:48.
It's a good thing that the variation between EW1B sample bottles and random bottles wasn't detectable on Chuck's palate. That might speak to that particular product's consistency. But business is business, and *trying* to influence key opinion leaders is standard fare. I can't believe that's even an argument.
Last edited by CoMobourbon; 02-25-2013 at 19:40.
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