Whiskey reviews and advice by Jeff Schwartz a/k/a The Whiskeyfellow.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
The Life and Times of a Whiskey Reviewer
This article originally appeared on Bourbon & Banter on May 26, 2017, and you can read it in its entirety there.
As a whiskey reviewer, I am often asked by both friends and strangers alike for opinions about whiskey. My reaction is I’m flattered that someone is actually interested in my thoughts. There’s a little bit of chest puffery that happens.
It used to be that I quickly gave my opinion and, while most people were gracious, I would sometimes be taken aback by the responses that followed. I soon learned to realize these weren’t simple questions. When you are asked, “What do you think of…” you really have to figure out what the inquirer is after. It may take probing, but in the end, it usually boils down to one of three questions...