Reviews are, by their nature, subjective; they are unique to the one writing the review.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  If we all liked exactly the same things to exactly the same degree there would be no room for personal preference, and, in my opinion, the world would be a pretty boring place.  It's thankfully not that way, but that means, to some extent, we all have to figure out what we like on our own.  With that said, there's much that can be gleaned from someone else's subjective experience.  Whether someone prefers a peaty scotch or a spicy rye, most people can distinguish between what is assuredly good, what is certifiably terrible, and what is somewhere in between.  So, take these reviews with a grain of salt.  I'll tell you what you should avoid at all costs, what you should try (at least once), and then try to help you decide for the ones in-between.

I'll rate everything on a 10 point scale, with room for half-points (making it effectively a 20 point scale).  I won't take price into account with the rating, but I will note the price so as to help you figure out whether you want to try it or not. 

Aberlour A'Bunadh

Elijah Craig 12 -- $23-$27

George Dickel No. 12

Laphroaig 10

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye -- $75-$100

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