Near Flawless to Flawless: Stunning. In my opinion, a dram of the highest quality. If not perfection, it’s pretty damn close.
Exceptional: Wonderfully balanced with the complexity and character expected in a very fine pour.
Great: Plenty of character and definitely recommended.
Good: Pleasant and enjoyable. A solid pour worth looking into.
Palatable : No unique qualities. Flaws possible.
Marginal/Rough: Flaws prominent. Still palatable. Not recommended.
Terrible: Horrible quality. Avoid at all costs.
Each grade is built upon the following categories: Nose, Palate, and Finish. Ratings are also category-based: Single Malt, Blend, Bourbon, Rye, etc.