Do ratings actually mean anything?
Not all of us like the same things, so what you like I might not like and vice-versa. Whether you’re into whiskey, beer, wine etc, I can’t tell you what to like – nor do I wish to. Taste and preference are subjective. So please remember that, particularly if your thoughts on a particular drink are way at the opposite end of the scale to mine.
For me, it’s all about a journey of discovery and enjoyment, with a bit of craic along the way.
I like ratings. Not because I always agree with them, but because they give me a guide to what the general feeling is on a particular beverage. So, with that in mind, remember my ratings are subjective and please use them as a guide.
PADDY CORKSCREW RATING GUIDE
Ratings will be given using the 100-point system, which also incorporates the familiar school-type A-F grading system. It offers more flexibility when comparing a larger number of drinks.
Drinks rated at B+ / 87 or above will attain the much-coveted Paddy Corkscrew Approved official stamp and an entry into my very own Alco-hall of Fame!
Ratings will be based primarily on smell and taste, but will take into account depth of flavour, balance, complexity, mouthfeel and finish.
Here’s a guide to the guide:
98-100 (A+) – You have achieved fulfilment.
93-97 (A) – Stunning. Almost Heaven.
90-92 (A-) – Excellence is the name of the game.
87-89 (B+) – Where greatness starts. Buy more.
83-86 (B) – Good stuff. Daily sipper territory.
80-82 (B-) – Decent. A solid pour.
77-79 (C+) – Okay. Take it or leave it.
73-76 (C) – If you’re gonna drink this, you’ll probably need a mixer.
70-72 (C-) – Oh deary me.
60-69 (D) – What’s the point?
0-59 (F) – Varying degrees of bad.
Beers ratings will be provided using the 50-point system which is based on the categories of aroma (of out 12), apperance (3), flavour (20), mouthfeel (5) and overall impression (10). A rating of 38 or above will earn a Paddy Corkscrew Approved stamp
45-50 – Outstanding.
38-44 – Excellent.
30-37 – Very Good.
21-29 – Good.
14-20 – Fair.
0-14 – Problematic.