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How would you interpret these reviews. What are the issues? He's thinking it's late cuts into tails. I'm not sure that's it or there are other issues. I know it's kinda hard without tasting the spirits themselves. As an FYI, neither are my products. 

"puddle water" and "heavily earthy notes"

https://malt-review.com/2019/02/11/blaum-bros-straight-bourbon-whiskey/

https://malt-review.com/2018/12/15/chicago-distilling-company-blind-tiger-bourbon/

 

 

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Not entirely sure what Taylor means either.  It almost seems like he was deeply offended he spent his money on the product and went out of his way to be harsh.  He reviewed our stuff and seemed very cordial during our interview.  Some of the descriptors have some poetic license.  The "heavily earthy notes" I assume is a reference to how deep (the distiller even claims it) they go into the tails to get maximum flavor.  Some people are going to like it, clearly Taylor is not one of them.  

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10 hours ago, Foreshot said:

For starters, Taylor, doesn't need to be a douchebag. Second, the most valuable comment is:

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A stale note of wet cardboard

More than anything this tells me the tails cut went too deep.  If that is in fact the case (and god knows there are so many whiskey "experts" out there, Taylor evidently being one of them) then his other comments have merit. However, I have never, ever heard of "puddle water". That's him trying to be cute.  Reviews like this couldn't be less helpful. 

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It was more the "puddle of mud" comment that got me. I guess you could interpret deep tails as that.

1 hour ago, indyspirits said:

Reviews like this couldn't be less helpful. 

Agreed. If he's going to trash someone he could at least offer something to help them improve. Simply saying "you suck" isn't especially helpful.

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+1 on the 'wet cardboard' screaming of deep tails.  Also the mention of 'freshly-planed wood' sure seems like a telltale of 'accelerated aging' (chips/cubes and/or small barrel).

Agree with the above that he seemed to have gone out of his way to come up with verbose ways of saying that he really didn't like them where 'a bit rough and ready' may have been sufficient.

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I would suspect a deep tails cut could explain it. Don't know where they get their corn, but we've had trouble with that kind of flavor in a test run when the corn ended up having picked up a touch of mold.

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It could also be where/how the barrels are stored and prepped. 

I agree the Chicago Distilling review is not very professional,  but I don't think he's obligated to say how to make it better - he is a writer and a taster, not a distiller/producer/technical person. Even if he was on the technical side, some of these issues can have multiple sources. My partner gets a lot of whiskey samples and some of this reviewer's comments ring unfortunately true; I've had many more muddy, grainy, harsh, whiskies that were nuked with poor quality oak from the craft sector than I've had well-made, delicious whiskies. The balance seems to be starting to shift, hopefully before it's too late. 

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