Here's the system:
- I'm grading relative to peers - so I'm sipping a $15 bottle of whisky that stacks up well to $60 bottles, that is factored heavily into my scoring.
- Anything above a 50 could very well have a place in my cabinet - it's all about the right drink for the occasion. Sometimes you just need a cheap mixer.
100: I can't imagine ever giving out this grade - but it would mean perfection
93-99: This is the terrain of ultra-special sips - don't expect to see it often
88-92: This is where most of my very favorites live - but it's still a score reserved for the exceptional
82-87: Still special, but I'd be more inclined to drink than save beverages in this range
72-81: Now we are in the range of great daily drams, good wine and tasty beer
60-71: The terrain for stuff I like to drink but would probably not pick given other options
50-59: Mixers, party beer and wine, whisky for the ski lift - not bad but ordinary
Sub 50: I see serious deficiencies and would not buy again