Correction – In the video I state that the Michter 10 #2345 is the 2010 release. It’s actually the 2012 release. The same holds true on the Stitzel-Weller and older age rumor but it is a 2012.
This is the reveal for the first Bourbonr Blind Tasting. For the first tasting, our blind tasters were Wade Woodard, Aaron Goldfarb, Josh Peters and Joe Long. I appreciate their willingness to be the guinea pigs in this first episode! This is the full live reveal and discussion video. If you scroll down to the bottom of this post I did a quick wrap-up and reveal video as well.
Here are the guidelines for the Bourbonr Blind Tastings:
Here’s the format. Each episode with include 4-5 tasters with 5-7 whiskeys. Each taster is sent samples and will submit their reviews and ratings before the live reveal. Every bottle in the blind tastings has been purchased by me. No outside bottles or media samples will be selected. I try to purchase every bottle at retail but, with today’s bourbon market, have to rely on fellow Bourbonr’s to source certain bottles. This is an important part of the blind tasting to ensure accurate results. While I doubt it’s common, there are stories of distilleries and brands sending “honey barrels” to spirit competitions. The leftovers are what make it to the store shelves.
Each taster is asked to grade the samples based on the following point system:
0-60 – Terrible. Bottles should be destroyed
61-70 – Bad. Flavor is off as a whole but shows a few redeeming notes
71-80 – Decent. Could drink in a pinch but probably more of a mixer
81-85 – Good. I want a bottle on my shelf as a daily drinker
86-90 – Really Good. Everyone should buy a bottle
91-95 – Great. This is phenomenal I would be willing to spend whatever it takes to get a bottle
96-100 – Perfect. This is everything you want in a whiskey and it has no flaws
If you really want to take a deep dive, here are the review notes.