Scotch Noob: Below is a guest post from Evan at FindTheBest.com. While aggregated ratings like those used in FindTheBest.com aren’t a 100% substitute for doing your research and reading reviews, it’s a great shortcut for comparing products on the market, and for narrowing down the immense category of whisky into manageable portions by filtering on ABV, tasting notes, and so on. Evan’s team is committed to improving the ratings and the quality of the results. I suggest keeping an eye on this website, as it improves it will become an indispensable tool for whisky searchers.
If you are on this blog, I doubt that you are wearing a smoke jacket or belong to a Lodge. You, like the Scotch Noob, are constantly learning more and more about the idiosyncrasies and subtle details that make Scotch the drink of choice for a younger and younger audience. However, how does one choose his next bottle? By price tag alone? No, because if we were, we would be drinking Trader Joe’s Blended Scotch Whisky every time. However, price, for many who don’t have a Lodge membership, is an important characteristic. Fortunately, there is a resource out there that can help us find great and cheap scotch.
FindTheBest is the data-driven comparison platform that simplifies the complex decision process for scotch lovers and noobs alike. The scotch comparison tool easily and effectively enables you to find and compare 134 different scotches to find the top few that fit your individual likes and preferences. One can sort through the database of scotches and other whiskies while filtering by the approximate price, ABV, tasting notes, years aged, distillery, and Smart Rating – an aggregate 0 to 100 score based off of five whiskey-rating sources: The Beverage Testing Institute, the International Wine and Spirits Competition, the LA Whiskey Society, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
For example, someone can quickly and effectively narrow down the list to only scotches priced below $50 with an almond flavor. From this point, you can select the two or three that interest you most or with the highest Smart Ratings and compare them side-by-side to see how they differ on many different fields and characteristics. For instance, when comparing Glenlivet 15 year-old single malt, Glengoyne 10 year-old single malt, and Ardbeg 10 year-old single malt, you can see how the nose, finish, and palate differ. You can also go to their websites for deeper descriptions.
So before you go into the store or ABC to buy your next scotch to try out, go in with a choice already made: no more impulse buys on the whisky aisle! FindTheBest doesn’t make the decision for you, but it gives you all of the tools to figure out the best scotch for you. But why tell you how to do everything? You can try it out on the widget below:
At FindTheBest, we’re constantly working to enhance and strengthen our comparisons. We’d also love to hear what you think. We are currently working on particular improvements based off of The Scotch Noob’s feedback, while honing our Smart Rating calculation methods to better reflect the ratings and awards for each whisky.