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Old Hippie

I wonder if this decision is born of frustration. Lately it seems to me that Whisky Advocate is primarily focused on promoting their big whisky trade shows. I also feel they are too beholding to their advertisers. I let my subscription lapse over a year ago and I find that I am miraculously still able to function 

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jvd99

I still subscribe - need something to read in the can

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Vosgar

I wonder who WA will get to give the higher-than-they-ought-to-be ratings now? 

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jvd99
8 hours ago, ccleve23 said:

He is part of the group starting a new magazine, Bourbon+.  http://www.bourbonplus.com/

 

Do they add 5-10 points to every review?

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Richnimrod
7 hours ago, jvd99 said:

Do they add 5-10 points to every review?

I'm certain 5-points is verbotten.    I believe the mandatory uptick minimum is 10-points; but 25 is not uncommon, from what I've read.    !!!:D!!! 

After all, some of the craft swill has been rated in mid-upper 80's, while likely shoulda been around 35.

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Cranecreek

For the most part my pallet relates well with Freds reviews.  Some of the other reviewers not so much.  I enjoy the magazine and always look forward to the next issue, but I too am amused how a reviewer can skewer some whiskey and then end up scoring it as an 85 or more ??

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uncork_it_already

I like WA, I don’t subscribe but I grab it n Whole Foods or a liquor store when I see it. They’ve steered me towards a bunch of great bottles over the years that I probably would have missed.

 

But I do find some of their ratings to be rather interesting. I have thought that maybe some of the bigger companies somehow but a big number.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I think JW Blue is a great whisky, mastering the art of blending. But a 97? For a standard release? That’s a huge number (I believe no whiskey has ever gotten a 98, and very few were rated 97).

 

This past issue had higher rated and easier to get whiskeys yet the Old Fitz 11 was editors choice?

 

I guess when they named the EC B517 whiskey of the year made me question them. That’s literally been my least favorite batch that I’ve tasted (still very good, but what will the others - especially old label - rate?). It gets named WotY and all of a sudden they are everywhere. Has to have been the widest realest yet. I’ve seen a handful of A’s and C’s, but nearly every time I see a BP it’s the B.

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