The purpose of the Whiskey Tasting Season is to explore new whiskeys, expand palettes, and have a bit of fun learning about the different styles and types of whiskey throughout the world. There are way too many brands to try in one year, but over the course of many seasons we may explore the wonders of the still.
The 2023/24 Season consists of a number of event nights to determine our group's consensus champion of 48 Whiskey contenders. To properly and thoroughly evaluate the contenders we will conduct a regular season, a playoff format (with wild-cards) and a final Championship round (Whiskey Bowl I).
During the regular season via 12 events (interspersed between Labor Day and Memorial Day) we will rank bottles for the playoffs. The top 32 bottles will make the cut into the playoffs or wild-card rounds.
Whiskeys are to be grouped into Pods of 4, 5, or 6. Judges will taste pairings and score a winner of each pairing.
The winner and loser of each pairing will be then re-seeded in a multi-elimination bracket style until a consensus 1-thru-4 ranking is established for that evening.
During the regular season via 12 events we will rank contenders for the playoffs.
The top 32 entrants will make the cut into the playoffs or wild-card rounds.
48 Bottles of Whiskey from Bourbons to Ryes to Wheated and Malts are submitted for the 2023 tasting events.
Other than legal age restrictions, there is no set limit to the number of participants at a given event and all are encouraged to join in on the festivities.
The scores will be averaged for a consensus ranking of that evening. Results will be posted for group members that may need to miss an event.
Scoring is done by rating 4 categories.
Flavor (0-10 Scale)
Nose (0-5 Scale)
Complexity (0-5 Scale)
Finish (0-5 Scale)
Each event evening will include a maximum of 16 – (0.33 oz) “tastings” (equating to ~3.5 full shots) over the course of the night.
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