The Handy Guide to WhiskyGeeks’ Tasting Notes


We must emphasise that whisky tasting is subjective and every whisky blog has a different opinion on the whiskies that they have written about. While there might have been similarities, there will always be something that we might not agree on. The same could be said between us and you, as our readers. Perhaps the whiskies that we love and grade highly taste horrid to you; or the whisky that you absolutely adore is trashed by us. None of us is right, but none of us is wrong either! Remember, it is always subjective!

Nonetheless, we would like provide you with a handy guide so that you can easily use our tasting notes as a way to help you decide if you might like or dislike the whiskies you want to try. Our tasting notes are simply broken down to the following:

  1. Nose
  2. Body / Structure
  3. Palate
  4. Finish

Grading is done using the following:

  1. Nose – 20 points
  2. Body / Structure – 40 points
  3. Palate – 20 points
  4. Finish – 20 points

With a total of 100 points, we will use the above grading system to determine whether we think the whisky is good in our opinions. The reason that we give the body a much higher weightage is because we believe that the body of a whisky is a determining factor to whether the whisky is a good one.

We will also talk sightly about the colour, the alcohol content and the packaging whenever these information is available to us.

We hope that this simple guide is useful for you when reading our whisky tasting notes! Feel free to reach out to us if you have any comments, questions or feedback.

Thank you!

The WhiskyGeeks