Originally Posted by bkblankenship
...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.
Such a relief to see this type of thinking from someone who has evidently spent a good deal of time identifying his own preferences allowing that others perspectives are, rather than something to disagree with, something to peruse and re-examine from time to time.
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.
Again, spot on.
If someone asks what my opinion of a best for a particular instance then I may offer my own favorite, but while I really enjoy sharing my own views, it always makes it easier if one is at least somewhat acquainted with the preferences of the other.