Tasting Scores

The SWC has scored each whiskey we have tasted since the end of 2016.

– About Scoring

Scoring is very subjective. Everyone’s palate is unique and there is no perfect answer. However, scoring has allowed the Saratoga Whiskey Club to keep track of those whiskies that have stood out over time. All scores are averaged by the number of attendees. We don’t throw out the high and low scores. The four sets of criteria include the Nose, the Palate, the Finish and the Balance. Each is worth a max of 25 points for a total combined max score of 100.

Below is a list of scores from our tastings from the last few years.

November 6, 2019

SMWS November Releases

SMWS 64.111 - Mannochmore 8 Yr

Nose: 19
Palate: 20
Finish: 19
Balance: 19
Total: 76.90

SMWS 44.114 - Craigellachie 12 Yr

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 83.38

SMWS 9.167 - Glen Grant 23 Yr

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 86.14

SMWS 16.39 - Glenturret 18 Yr

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 84.48

SMWS 73.114 - Aultmore 17 Yr

Nose: 18
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 77.33

SMWS 10.176 - Bunnahabhain 11 Yr

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 23
Balance: 23
Total: 88.86

October 23, 2019

Irish Luxury Tasting

Redbreast 21 Year

Nose: 23
Palate: 22
Finish: 23
Balance: 23
Total: 91.25

Teeling 24 Year

Nose: 23
Palate: 23
Finish: 23
Balance: 23
Total: 92.35

Celtic Cask 27

Nose: 23
Palate: 23
Finish: 23
Balance: 23
Total: 92.35

Cadenhead's Cooley 11 Year

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 88.75

The Irishman Cask Strength

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 88.35

Dingle Founding Father's The Palace Bar

Nose: 23
Palate: 23
Finish: 22
Balance: 23
Total: 90.67

September 11, 2019

Coastal Scotland Tour

Talisker Distillery Exclusive

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 86.28

Wolfburn From The Stills

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 19
Balance: 20
Total: 81.72

Ardnamurchan 2 Year Warehouse Selection

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 85.22

Longmorn 13 Year Single Cask

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.76

Highland Park 18 Year Cask Strength

Nose: 22
Palate: 23
Finish: 23
Balance: 24
Total: 93.06

Ledaig 21 Year Port Pipe Finish

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.35

August 14, 2019

Annual Club Dinner - Cask Finishes

Writers Tears Florio Marsala Cask Finish

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 22
Balance: 21
Total: 84.75

Sagamore Spirit Port Finished Rye

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 22
Balance: 21
Total: 83.92

Highland Park Twisted Tattoo 16 Year

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 88.23

Bardstown Bourbon's Phifer Pavitt Reserve

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.83

Limestone Branch Yellowstone 2018 Limited Edition

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 81.00

July 28, 2019

Track Tasting

Dingle Single Malt Irish Whiskey Batch #4

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 86.10

Barton's 1792 Full Proof Bourbon - Gordon's store pick

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 88.10

Balblair 2005 Single Cask - Gordon's store pick

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 85.60

The Macallan Edition #4

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.22

The Glenlivet Enigma

Nose: 21
Palate: 23
Finish: 23
Balance: 22
Total: 88.44

Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Single Cask - Gordon's store pick

Nose: 22
Palate: 23
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 89.11

June 26, 2019

Feis Ile 2019

Bunnahabhain 17 Year Sauternes Finish Feis Ile 2019

Nose: 22
Palate: 23
Finish: 23
Balance: 23
Total: 90.17

Bowmore 15 Year Ex-Bourbon Feis Ile 2019

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.00

Laphroaig Cairdeas Triple Wood Cask Strength Feis Ile 2019

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 85.44

Lagavulin 19 Year Feis Ile 2019

Nose: 22
Palate: 23
Finish: 23
Balance: 23
Total: 90.94

Caol Ila 22 Year Feis Ile 2019

Nose: 23
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 89.33

Octomore Event Horizon Feis Ile 2019

Nose: 23
Palate: 23
Finish: 23
Balance: 23
Total: 93.17

June 19, 2019

Kentucky Finds!

Four Roses Small Batch Select

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 86.70

Limestone Branch 100% Malted Rye

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.30

Wilderness Trail Cask Strength Rye

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 80.45

Peerless 3YR Rye Single Barrel "Orange Blossom"

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.15

Michters Fort Nelson Reserve Rye

Nose: 22
Palate: 23
Finish: 22
Balance: 23
Total: 89.20

Pinhook Justin's House of Bourbon Pick

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 88.16

William Heavenhill 12 Year

Nose: 23
Palate: 24
Finish: 23
Balance: 24
Total: 94.13

April 10 & 25, 2019

For Peat's Sake

Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

Nose: 21
Palate: 20
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 82.27

Ancnoc Cutter

Nose: 19
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 81.69

Kaiyo The Peated

Nose: 19
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 21
Total: 79.19

Port Charlotte 10 Year

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 86.81

SMWS 10.118 'Enthralling pink and peat intensity' Bunnahabhain 10 Year

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 88.35

March 27, 2109

SMWS Vertical Tasting - Glen Grant

SMWS 9.147 'Cocktails in a coalmine'

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.00

SMWS 9.148 'Mustard, custard and musk'

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 20
Balance: 21
Total: 83.06

SMWS 9.155 'Witches' night'

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 86.63

SMWS 9.152 'Mindful savouring'

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.69

SMWS 9.150 'Thyme well spent'

Nose: 22
Palate: 23
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 89.25

February 6 & 13, 2019

Japanese Whisky Tasting

Yamazaki 12 Year

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 21
Total: 81.19

Hakushu 12 Year

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 82.56

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Masters Select

Nose: 19
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 78.56

Nikka Tsuru

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 83.30

Ichiro's Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 84.78

Mar Komagatake Limited Edition 2018

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 80.89

Akashi Eigashima Sake Cask 3 Year

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 21
Balance: 20
Total: 81.52

Nikka From The Barrel

Nose: 19
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 20
Total: 81.22

Kaiyo Cask Strength

Nose: 19
Palate: 19
Finish: 19
Balance: 19
Total: 75.67

January 9 & 23, 2019

Great Bourbons

Weller 12 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.50

Old Ezra 7 Year Barrel Strength

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 20
Total: 82.53

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch #11, Spring 2016

Nose: 23
Palate: 23
Finish: 23
Balance: 23
Total: 91.17

SMWS B5.1 “Sheer Brilliance” – Dickel 13 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 85.50

Wild Turkey ‘Revival’

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.43

December 5, 2018

Luxury Tasting

Craigellachie 23 Year

Nose: 23
Palate: 23
Finish: 23
Balance: 23
Total: 92.19

Distiller’s Art Bunnahabhain 27 Year

Nose: 23
Palate: 24
Finish: 24
Balance: 23
Total: 93.63

Bruichladdich Private Single Cask 9 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.44

Edradour Single Cask 14 Year

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 23
Balance: 22
Total: 89.19

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

Nose: 23
Palate: 23
Finish: 24
Balance: 23
Total: 92.94

October 24 & November 28, 2018

Tour of Scotland 2018

Balblair ’91 – 27 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.79

Singleton Glen Ord 14 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.47

Gordon & MacPhail Glenturret 14 Year

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 88.74

The Arran Wee Double

Nose: 19
Palate: 20
Finish: 19
Balance: 19
Total: 77.58

Aberlour Hand-Fill Sherry 13 Year

Nose: 22
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 85.37

Tomatin Hand-Fill Pedro Ximenez 16 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 86.79

September 5 & 12, 2018

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Blind Tasting

SMWS 100.14 – Strathmill 12 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.09

SMWS 73.98 – Aultmore 17 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 20
Balance: 22
Total: 84.82

SMWS 36.145 – Benrinnes 20 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.55

SMWS 39.130 – Linkwood 26 Year

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 84.27

SMWS 26.121 – Clynelish 13 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.36

SMWS 112.27 – Loch Lomond 13 Year

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 84.55

August 8, 2018

Annual SWC Dinner – BBQ & Bourbon

Barton’s 1792 Full Proof – Loch & Key Pick

Nose: 22
Palate: 23
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 89.17

Weller Special Reserve

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 85.33

Rebel Yell Single Barrel 10 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 83.21

David Nicholson Reserve

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 85.28

Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye

Nose: 23
Palate: 22
Finish: 23
Balance: 23
Total: 90.12

July 28, 2018

Track Tasting

Aberlour A-Bunadh (Batch 62)

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 82.11

Glengoyne Cask Strength

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 83.33

Benromach (Gordon’s Single Cask)

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84

The Macallan, Edition #3

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 23
Total: 86.89

The Glenlivet Code (5 scores)

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 23
Balance: 23
Total: 88

March 14 & 28, 2018

2017 Award Winners

Glenmorangie Astar

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.74

Redbreast 12 Cask Strength

Nose: 22
Palate: 23
Finish: 22
Balance: 23
Total: 88.93

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (Batch B517)

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 86.26

Kentucky Owl 11 Year Rye

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 86.58

January 31, 2018

Oyster-Paired Whiskey Dinner at Henry Street Taproom

Talisker Distiller’s Edition 2015

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 84.69

Glenmorangie Nectar D’or

Nose: 21
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 21
Total: 82

Teeling Single Cask Carcavelos

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 85

Jefferson’s Ocean-Aged Small Batch Bourbon

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 86

Oban 14

Nose: 22
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 85.85

December 13, 2017 & January 3, 2018

Blend Tasting & Workshop

Chivas Regal 18 Year

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 79.33

Johnny Walker Blade Runner Limited Edition

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 82.33

Compass Box The Lost Blend

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 82.40

The Exclusive Blends 1991 Edition 21 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 86.27

November 1, 2, 21, & 24, 2017

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tasting

SMWS 41.89 ‘Tarte Flambe’ Dailuaine 12 Year

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 80.36

SMWS 37.83 ‘An odyssey of flavor’ Cragganmore 12 Year

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 21
Total: 81.18

SMWS 55.31 ‘Sparkling, lively and playful’ Royal Brackla 17 Year

Nose: 19
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 80.05

SMWS 36.114 ‘Tap-dancing tongue teaser’ Benrinnes 13 Year

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 21
Total: 80.59

SMWS 54.42 ‘A washing day in Spring’ Aberlour 9 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 20
Finish: 19
Balance: 20
Total: 80.77

SMWS 46.45 ‘A two-way street’ Glenlossie 23 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 20
Total: 83.05

SMWS 48.74 ‘Coffee kisses and lucky tatties’ Balmenach 10 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 20
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 82.29

SMWS 73.79 ‘Hopped-Up!’ Aultmore 16 Year

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.81

October 11 & October 25, 2017

Islay Exclusives

Lagavulin Jazz 2017 Distillery Exclusive

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 82.04

Ardbeg An Oa

Nose: 19
Palate: 18
Finish: 18
Balance: 19
Total: 73.84

Caol Ila 2017 Distillery Exclusive

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 83.00

Laphroaig Brodir Travel Exclusive

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.52

Bunnahabhain Feis Ile 2017 Moine Port Pipe Finish

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.32

Kilchoman Single Cask Rum Finish Distillery Exclusive

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 83.32

Bowmore Warehousemens Selection

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 88.48

Port Charlotte Valince, Cask Exploration 16

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 85.42

Port Charlotte Valince, Cru Claret Finish

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 81.00

September 13, 2017

World Whiskey Dinner

Kavalan Single Cask Ex-Bourbon Cask Strength

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.97

Paul John Classic Cask Strength

Nose: 19
Palate: 19
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 77.21

Mackmyra 1st Edition

Nose: 18
Palate: 18
Finish: 19
Balance: 19
Total: 74.17

New Zealand Whisky Co 24Yr

Nose: 22
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 87.03

Domaine De Hautes Glaces

Nose: 20
Palate: 18
Finish: 18
Balance: 18
Total: 73.72

June 14 & June 28, 2017

Kentucky Bourbon & Rye

Old Bardstown Bottled In Bond

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 19
Total: 78.09

Maker’s Mark Private Select – Bill Samuels, Jr. Edition

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 80.19

Old Fitzgerald 12 Year Old

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 85.31

Wild Turkey Masters Keep ‘Decades’

Nose: 21
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 81.09

Angel’s Envy Rye

Nose: 22
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.77

May 10 & May 24, 2017

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tasting

SMWS 7.133 “A Bag Of Boiled Sweets” Longmorn 12 Year Old

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 79.83

SMWS 39.110 “Builders At Breaktime” Linkwood 14 Year Old

Nose: 20
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 82.78

SMWS 121.89 “Sweet As A Nut” Arran 16 Year Old

Nose: 20
Palate: 22
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.48

SMWS 44.65 “Subtle Complexity” Craigellachie 24 Year Old

Nose: 22
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 85.17

April 12 & April 26, 2017

Scotch Islands Tasting

Arran Smuggler’s Series: The Illicit Stills, Volume I

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 21
Total: 80.61

Arran Smuggler’s Series: The High Seas, Volume II

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 21
Total: 80.68

Montgomerie’s Rare Select Tobermory 21 Year Old

Nose: 19
Palate: 20
Finish: 19
Balance: 20
Total: 77.89

Talisker 18 Year Old

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 22
Total: 84.64

Gordon & MacPhail Highland Park 15 Year Old Cask Strength

Nose: 21
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 84.86

February 15 & March 1, 2017

Rye Whiskey Tasting

Ironweed Rye

Nose: 17
Palate: 18
Finish: 19
Balance: 19
Total: 73.22

Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye

Nose: 19
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 79.63

Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye

Nose: 19
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 79.70

Redemption Rye 8 Yr Barrel Proof

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 21
Balance: 20
Total: 80.81

High West Midwinter Night’s Dram

Nose: 21
Palate: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22
Total: 85.81

December 14, 2016

Islay Tasting

Bowmore Devil’s Cask, Batch III

Nose: 19
Palate: 18
Finish: 18
Balance: 18
Total: 72.62

Kilchoman 100% Islay, 4th Edition

Nose: 17
Palate: 17
Finish: 16
Balance: 17
Total: 67.62

Ardbeg Perpetuum

Nose: 20
Palate: 20
Finish: 20
Balance: 20
Total: 79.92

Laphroaig Lore

Nose: 19
Palate: 21
Finish: 21
Balance: 21
Total: 83.54

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