Originally Posted by David_T
As a relative newbie to malts, I also recognize that tastes can change over time. Even so, there must be another factor. Could it be a difference in olfactory and flavor receptor chemistry from taster to taster? I think so.
I think so, too. We are all individuals, and a similar experience (from the taste of a food or beverage to a roller coaster ride, for example) impacts us each in a unique way.
Do our differences render taste reviews less valuable? I don't think so. On the contrary, I read as many as I can and appreciate all the reviews and input from posters such as all of you here on this forum. As I read various reviews, I ultimately find people whose tastes seem similar to mine. Then, I can refer to those reviewers/posters when considering what to try next.
And sometimes I will choose something that my chosen reviewer(s) didn't like at all, as an occasional check to see if our tastes are maintaining their similarity and just for the experience itself. I have used this approach over the years with gourmet coffees, beers from various micro breweries, and now with my new interest in Scotch whisky.
It's been a wonderful journey, one that I hope continues for many more years.