I really cling on to habits, and I crave a sense of order in my life. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this blog is no exception. I post a review every Saturday and a bit of “Whiskey Trivia” on Wednesday. My reviews are always in a certain format and seldom venture too far off from that formula. My images are all shot and edited in a consistent way, and my writing style doesn’t differ too much from blog post to blog post.
So, if I’m that crazy, how do I organize my reviews?
It’s really pretty simple. First, I find a whiskey in my collection that fits into a category I haven’t reviewed in a little while. If I just reviewed a Scotch, then I might review a bourbon. If I already reviewed those, I might check out a rye whiskey.
After selection, I make sure I have a picture of the bottle. I pour just a little bit into a snifter with no ice or water. I’ll then smell the whiskey and start to write my background story. Typically, I have some kind of story to share about how I came to hear about the whiskey or what my first experience with it was.
Next, I do my best to identify the key characteristics of the nose of the whiskey. I try to spend as much time as I can on this section before taking that first sip (which is actually very difficult!). Once I am ready, I take a small sip, and let the whiskey sit in my mouth for a little while. I try to absorb all of the flavors and determine what I can pick up from the taste. I’ll do this several times until I have an accurate description of the full spectrum of the whiskey being reviewed. Afterward, I will identify the aftertaste and the associated experiences.
The last thing I do is rate the whiskey. My rating system isn’t an exact science; rather comparing the whiskey I am reviewing relative to the rest of the whiskeys I have tried in my lifetime on a scale from 1 to 100.
So that’s it! Not much to it, but I hope it helps produce some interesting reviews.