Emmett HossackI have been a whisky enthusiast since 2002, and I began taking notes and assigning scores to whiskies in 2009. This was a way for me to focus on the aromas and flavours, and remember what I liked and why. With a friend’s help, I developed Scoring Guidelines in 2011 to provide an easy and consistent way to assign scores.

Attending whisky festivals is a passion of mine for two reasons: discovering new whiskies and developing friendships. I love the Islay Malt and Music Festival, the Spirit of Speyside Festival, the Raise Your Spirits Festival in Fredericton New Brunswick, the Victoria Whisky Festival in British Columbia, the Whisky Ottawa Festival and a host of others.

This website, WhiskyScores, is a data base of the whiskies that I have scored since 2009. You are invited to add a comment on any whisky should you so wish. You can also follow me on Twitter @WhiskyScores.

Please Note: Scores are subjective; they are contextual. They are influenced by many factors including: your mood, what you have eaten and when, whether you are in the company of others or not, the time of day, the shape of the whisky glass, the temperature inside/outside, etc. And, over time your preferences may change from blends, to bourbon matured whiskies, to sherry matured whiskies, to peated whiskies, to cask strength whiskies, to grain whiskies, and so on.

Slàinte mhath

Emmett Hossack

Slàinte mhath is a Gaelic toast meaning "good health" and pronounced slan-je-vah.

Recent Scores

Glenfiddich 12 Years Old Special Reserve, 40% abv · 74

Tullibardine The Murray Marsala Cask Finish, 46% abv · 69

Ardbeg Blaaack Committee Release, 50.7% abv · 87

Ardbeg Blaaack, 46% abv · 86

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Years Old, 47.4% abv · 79

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