Friday, January 17, 2014

Whisky Flavor Profiles and Data

whisky flavor profile data

If there's something nerdy on the internet that involves graphs, plotting, numbers, and animated maps, you bet your bottom dollar I'm a fan.  So when I came across this info graphic on this blog, I had to share with you.  As you may or may not know, last year a squashed my 2013 goal of consuming 100 different kinds of beer.  This year I'm bent on discovering whisky and doing tons of pull ups, you know, to keep things balanced.  I wont bore you with the latter.  Below is the article:

His analysis of the data led to the question: where did the source data come from in the first place? With some crowdsourced sleuthing, Christopher discovered the data comes from the first edition of the book Whisky Classified: Choosing Single Malts by Flavour by David Wishart. The story behind the data is quite interesting, and worth checking out if you're a whisky fan.
It turns out the data file Luba used comes from the first edition of the "Whisky Classified" book, and there were a few typos in the data to boot (for example, Bowmore had a Medicinal ranking of 1, but was actually a 2 in the book.) A commenter "Florin" at the Scotch and Ice Cream blog cleaned up the data and re-ran the analysis, and generated four slightly different clusters: peaty whiskies, ex-sherry whiskies, ex-bourbon / no peat whiskies, and whiskies with some ex-sherry blended in or with some peat. Extending the analysis to five clusters apparently succeeded in "separating the hard-core peated whiskies from the less-peated ones".  - Here

1 comment:

  1. I went to a whiskey tasting class one time, sadly we got there too late so all the actual tasting seats had gone so we just listen. One day hey.

    Buckets & Spades


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