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post Feb 17 2006, 04:26 PM
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Clint Wormwood

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In the last couple of weeks I have had several reviews updated, sent to me, and moved around the forum. One thing that strikes me, and most noticable was the latest review on the Montmartre - which I removed.

The scoring system is based on an unbiased view which only takes into consideration the quality of the absinthe and preferrably not ones personal preference.

It is very easy to give lower scores to an abisnthe that doesn't appeal to you but that is not what the scoring system is about. If there are flaws in process, artifical color, bad color, no louche etc - those are things to lower a score. If there's something in the taste that one doesn't like - say, anise or fennel or coriander or what ever, that shouldn't lower a score per se since that is actually nothing wrong with the absinthe itself.

An absinthe can however be out of balance and be too heavy on star anise or something which would lend a lower score.

There are a megalozillion parameters that could be taken into consideration of course but personal preference shouldn't be one.

The score sheet that got me thinking about this was one that had an average of 30 points lower than other reviews on the same product. Where is the error? The product at hand is by no means flawed, which was why I figured it to be more of a personal taste thing.

So, what - you can't have a personal taste? Yes you can and of course your personal taste will play a part in the review, that can never be excluded and it shouldn't. It's a fine line to walk but a well made product can not get extremely low points because it used some herbs that someone didn't like. There is the possibility to add a personal note to the review where you are more than welcome to add comments like this but I don't think it should be taken into the scores too much.

Then, why do some absinthe get awfully low scores?
For a number of reasons. Method of manufacture, coloring methods, actual color being off, no louche, it's named Hill's etc.

Please let me know your thoughts on this.

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hartsmar   Scoring system and personal preference   Feb 17 2006, 04:26 PM
Oxygenee   There are 10 points in the scoring system allocate...   Feb 17 2006, 04:56 PM
jacal01   Although I understand the rationale for a 3:1 dilu...   Feb 17 2006, 06:15 PM
Boileau   It might not be a bad idea to throw out both the h...   Apr 20 2006, 11:15 AM
hartsmar   Another thing we need to set up rules for (I think...   Apr 20 2006, 11:43 AM
brucer   IMO, re rating blanches on colour ... Unlouched, ...   Apr 20 2006, 01:15 PM
hartsmar   Unlouched, to be fair to vertes, a perfectly clea...   Apr 20 2006, 05:16 PM
Donnie Darko   It's a defect and should be penalized, althoug...   Apr 20 2006, 04:33 PM
whizz   The aesthetic pleasing hues will IMO differ too ...   Apr 20 2006, 05:36 PM
Kirk   I am blacking out so I am lashing out thus I will...   Apr 20 2006, 06:49 PM
whizz   Thanks Kirk, that has such a nice poetic touch. Ma...   Apr 20 2006, 08:19 PM
brucer   Of course refractive hues are dependant on lightin...   Apr 21 2006, 08:32 AM
hartsmar   See, this is more of a problem than one would thin...   Apr 21 2006, 11:36 AM
whizz   I agree, go by the KISS method. A visually colorl...   Apr 21 2006, 12:05 PM
brucer   If you give 10 to a blanche because "there is...   Apr 21 2006, 01:10 PM
whizz   I can not know about the Ed as I have not seen or ...   Apr 21 2006, 01:51 PM
speedle   Look, newbies like me want to do two things. Firs...   Apr 21 2006, 03:14 PM
SoulShade   A blanche is supposed to be clear. If it's c...   Apr 21 2006, 03:34 PM
bob_chong   I was going to post this in the recent Mayans thre...   Oct 23 2006, 02:27 AM
Wild Bill Turkey   That was the first review I'd ever posted, and...   Oct 23 2006, 07:52 AM
hartsmar   Yes. This is an issue but not a problem. Oil mixes...   Oct 23 2006, 09:04 AM
bob_chong   This is all very interesting. Obviously, distille...   Oct 23 2006, 01:31 PM
Wild Bill Turkey   is MM really "better" than LaFee? Ther...   Oct 23 2006, 08:03 PM
bob_chong   Another quick note in favor of a rubric: the curre...   Oct 23 2006, 01:38 PM
bob_chong   No thoughts? Nobody? WTF. I guess y'all are...   Oct 23 2006, 07:14 PM
Ari   Or we agree and just didn't want to waste post...   Oct 23 2006, 07:51 PM
Alyssa Dyane   I think you have some very good ideas. I think one...   Oct 23 2006, 07:51 PM
Donnie Darko   I've found the final scores on several absinth...   Oct 23 2006, 08:21 PM
traineraz   Wrote a long thing and then the post crashed. Feh...   Oct 23 2006, 08:43 PM
bob_chong   Wild Bill: I appreciate the discussion and I hope...   Oct 23 2006, 09:01 PM
Wild Bill Turkey   I take absolutely no offense. The conversation see...   Oct 23 2006, 09:31 PM
Jaded Prol   I think the suggestions are interesting and maybe ...   Oct 23 2006, 10:38 PM
bob_chong   I think any major changes in how absinthes are ra...   Oct 23 2006, 10:47 PM
Donnie Darko   It's tough to make a fool proof scoring system...   Oct 23 2006, 11:20 PM
Donnie Darko   On another note, Bob had suggested a more sophisti...   Oct 23 2006, 11:46 PM
traineraz   Actually, Chong, I was hoping to see your review s...   Oct 23 2006, 11:49 PM
Donnie Darko   What I'd really like to do is have a big inter...   Oct 23 2006, 11:54 PM
traineraz   Let's make a scoresheet pinata and beat the sn...   Oct 23 2006, 11:55 PM
Artemis   I didn't take Trainer's post as being a sl...   Oct 24 2006, 12:08 AM
G&C   Indeed. Drink it or sink it.   Oct 24 2006, 12:12 AM
Donnie Darko   Can't argue with that. Let's make a scor...   Oct 24 2006, 12:13 AM
Wild Bill Turkey   I'm starting to think I've already provide...   Oct 24 2006, 12:15 AM
eric   I do not think that Bills MM review should be dele...   Oct 24 2006, 12:33 AM
traineraz   Indeed, like which is better, Deva or NS 70 . . .   Oct 24 2006, 12:39 AM
Jaded Prol   What Eric says rings true but that's what I li...   Oct 24 2006, 12:46 AM
Ari   I like all the ideas so far. I think it best to h...   Oct 24 2006, 01:38 AM
bob_chong   Good thoughts by all, and I have thoroughly enjoye...   Oct 24 2006, 01:45 AM
G&C   Slightly yellow with some sediment could get a 10....   Oct 24 2006, 02:39 AM
traineraz   Sea Monkeys(tm) would be too much. More than 50 c...   Oct 24 2006, 03:18 AM
Absinthesizer   My $.02: I have lamentably little experience...   Oct 24 2006, 04:02 AM
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