Should You Blind Taste Whisky?

Whisky Advocate prizes blind tasting when scoring whiskies for the Buying Guide; there’s no better way to eliminate bias, after all. But what about when just enjoying whisky for whisky’s sake? Our editors debated the merits of knowing—or not—the identity of the whisky when tasting it. And boy, were they in for a surprise…

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