Rating System and How We Review
This section of Refined Vices explains how and where spirits are reviewed and how they are rated.
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The Review Staff
Refined Vices, at the moment, consists of a one man review team and the occasional guest reviewer who are all very passionate about the spirits we review.
Tastings are always conducted in the same room and using the same glassware and tasting methods. This way products can be reviewed with minimal disturbance, safe from the outside factors and in the same way, to ensure consistency and integrity in the reviews time after time.
To properly familiarize oneself with the product, all reviews are done thoroughly over a period of a few days; We believe it is important to set some time aside, to live with and really enjoy the spirits, to truly get the most out of it.
When reviewing, Appearance, Nose, Taste and Aftertaste are judged;
The presentation of the product or the packaging could be considered as 'appearance' but it is not scored, thus it is not included in the actual tasting notes.
Taste and aftertaste, together with the nose, are criticised the most and like with the nose the flavours, balance of the flavours, the body, smoothness and the length of the aftertaste are noted.
As an Ingredient
Occasionally we will create delicious concoctions if we think a particular spirit would serve that purpose well.
Final thoughts is where we put together our honest opinions of the product as a whole and write down any additional information we see fit.
Scoring and Categorization
Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch and Rum are all judged in their own categories and Rum is further divided into Light Rum, Spiced Rum, Gold Rum and Aged Rum and in some instances, Rum Flavoured Spirits and Cachaça.
Each product is awarded with either a Gold, Silver or a Bronze medal or not awarded at all.
A three award system is used instead of the widely used numerical system because, in our opinion, a small numerical difference between scores reveals little or absolutely nothing. We believe a three award system is much more accessible and convenient.
Gold: This spirit is of exceptional quality.
Silver: This spirit has what it takes to stand out and is highly recommended.
Many reviewers consider and rate a product lower or higher depending on its price. At Refined Vices you can rest assured the price wont affect your rating. Only what is in the bottle is rated.
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