Originally Posted by john_b
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.
I agree with john b. To paraphrase CHARLES MACLEAN, MASTER of the QUAICH and SCOTTISH HISTORIAN, when tasting a new whisky taste it with another person as each can learn from each other by sharing each other's experience with the whisky.
Each person is unique in olfactory senses and body chemistry, and additionally each one of us perceives based on our life's experiences.
If anyone ever tells you that you are not getting something out of a whisky, then that person is wrong, not you.
I use tasting notes as a guideline, and even at that, it is rare that I agree totally with one's take on a whisky. And yes, I do accept recommendations, but it's a crap shoot.
I've had hundreds of people over the years ask me the most common question, "WHAT'S THE BEST SCOTCH?" My reply; the best Scotch is what you think is the best, as taste is subjective. There is NO BEST Scotch FOR EVERYONE.