About the Author
Born in the early 90s as Nicholas Paul Anderson, 'Amongst' has always been a bit of a nerd. The son of a carpenter and an artist/musician, his life has intersected many passions, from the hands-on to the ephemeral. His early life experience of installing roofing quickly pushed him towards career paths that might utilize the brain more than the body. Being a gifted learner, Nick excelled in his education, which allowed him to explore the things that inspire his passion. Some of those passions he's found in the many magical moments in the great outdoors: hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping, all of which were instilled from his time in Scouting. As a natural introvert, spending time outdoors is his ultimate recharge. He loves folk music, staring into campfires, misty cool weather, and sharing good whiskey with good people. Today, Nick is an impassioned product development manager, bringing complex medical devices to market to help improve the lives of those with diabetes. He's truly one of the weird ones who adores Mondays, never shies away from a challenge, and lives to solve problems. You will often find him wearing a hat, singing (poorly), being goofy, or nerding out over something in a small sidebar conversation. He wholeheartedly believes anything worth doing is worth overdoing and will invest every ounce of his being in perfecting whatever he's set his mind to.
He also hates writing in the third person.
My life experiences and years of exploring whiskey have led me to the palate that I have today. I work hard to keep myself educated on the nuance of taste and smell so that I can continue to excel as someone who enjoys recounting the incredible adventure of responsibly enjoying whiskey. As a whiskey writer, my word is my bond. I promise to give honest feedback. Regardless of where the whiskey originated, I only care about what is in the bottle. I don't apply any scaling or adjustments based on price or availability. My 5-point rating scale is quite simple and designed to allow the wide range of releases I explore to follow a normal distribution. If my process is working properly, a majority of my reviews should fall into my 3/5 rating. If I find a whiskey that has specific personal meaning to me, I may opt to give it the "Keep Amongst the Whiskey" distinction. One could consider that a 0.5-point bonus if it helps you understand the overall rating better, but I intended it just to mean it is a release I want to keep around, regardless of how it scored. This may be because of a specific memory it elicited as I explored it, or it could just be because I know people in my life will enjoy it. These reviews will be distinguished with the "Keep" stamp just after the rating. I chose this scale because I have long lamented the industry norm of whiskey ratings being on a 100 point scale, but you only ever see scores between 85 and 100. What's the point of the rest of that scale.
My methodology for reviewing whiskey is thorough, patient, and standardized. I only write full reviews on a sober and fresh palate. I try to maintain a consistent diet and sleep schedule and avoid any activities that can change my perception of smell and taste. I exclusively utilize a Glencairn glass for consistency. I pour a consistent ounce, and I let it rest in the glass for at least 5 minutes before diving in. Prior to publishing a full review of any product, I will taste it at least 3 times on separate days to triangulate my experience with it. I rate exclusively on taste, which is really the commingling of the olfactory sense and your taste buds. I nose for a while before drinking anything, and then I always revisit the nose after taking a sip to see how it has changed, which it often does. I often go above and beyond and try to nose the empty glass once I have thoroughly explored the liquid. If I'm not satisfied that I have given it a fair shake, I will revisit it on another day rather than rush out any content.
I do occasionally write shorter articles called a "Flash Review" for products that do not meet the tasting criteria laid out above, such as sample bottles that only allow 1 or 2 tastings to occur. I distinguish these reviews very intentionally, as I don't believe I have spent enough time with these whiskeys to really know them. The title of the review will have wording such as 'flash review,' 'fresh crack,' 'first impressions,' or something similar that differentiates it from the rest. In general, my preference is to be able to taste something 3 times across the board.
I am open to accepting samples of any whiskey style that aligns with my palate and will serve the education of my readers. I will accept samples in any format, though packaging that will be recognizable is important for original photography purposes. I reserve the right to choose a suitable medium for sharing my thoughts on any samples in the way I see fit, such as a full article, flash review, Instagram post, or some combination of those. In a formal review, I will always maintain transparency when whiskey is provided to me in return for an honest review, and it will be noted somewhere in my review. Transparency is an important pillar of this platform for me. While I will make every effort to review a sample sent to me in a reasonable timeframe, I will not be able to commit to a specific turnaround time unless we have a chance to discuss it further. As you can see, my process is quite thorough, and I am not willing to compromise my own integrity under any circumstances.
If you're interested in working with me or need an address for sending samples, please send me an email. I appreciate any opportunity to learn about a new whiskey!
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