Key West Whiskey Review

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Rating Scheme

“For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.” Hunter S. Thompson

The point of rating something is to quantify a product as to its worthiness. Some products are shinning examples of all that is good in this world, and others are not fit as floor cleaner. I will do my best to give my unbiased opinion and hope that my review is useful to other scotch lovers. I apologize in advance if I trample someone with a negative review.

I taste each scotch several times prior to giving a rating. I taste each scotch using the “Kentucky Chomp” method, without adding water to the dram.

I am an Islay drinker who prefers high peat and younger drams. I love a Caol Ila 6 year Signatory (Binny’s Release) more than a Caol Ila 29 year Blannoch Forum bottle. My taste buds are more geared to the average Joe as I can’t note such things as bits of marzipan and unicorn tears in my whiskey. I am not attempting to write a poem, I am trying to tell you something as simply as I can. I will attempt to keep my language use to relevant terms that even a non-connoisseur can understand.

Since I see no need to reinvent the wheel, I am using the John Hansell scoring system. It is the standard that people are familiar with and uniformity of scoring helps alleviate confusion. This will also help any viewer know if my taste palate is compatible with their own.


A classic! All components are balanced appropriately, with the complexity and character expected in a classic.

Outstanding! One of the best for style. Distinctive.

Good to very good. Plenty of character and no identifiable flaws. Worth seeking out.

Average. No unique qualities. Flaws possible.

Below average. Major flaws. Avoid.

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