For our latest poll I thought I'd switch from judging the whiskey to judging the judges. Suppose you could only have access to the reviews of one whiskey reviewer for the rest of your life. Who would it be? Here are some ground rules. You can still access non-review articles by anyone, but you will only see reviews from one writer (so, for instance, if you don't pick Mark Gillespie, you could still listen to WhiskyCast, just not the end where he does the reviews). It might be the person whose judgment you trust the most or it might be someone whose writing (or speaking) style you really enjoy. It's up to you.
To make this fair, I have limited the choices to (1) professional reviewers who (2) review a variety of whiskeys, so you won't see a number of very excellent, very popular reviewers who are unpaid bloggers or who review only one type of whisky. Those are the rules, here are your choices.
- Dave Broom: Reviewer for Whisky Advocate and Whisky Magazine.
- Mark Gillespie: Producer of WhiskyCast.
- John Hansell: Publisher of Whisky Advocate (though not the only reviewer for that publication).
- Jim Murray: Author of The Whisky Bible.
- F. Paul Pacult: Publisher of the Spirit Journal.
- Other: Anyone else you would care to vote for who fits the criteria.