Q What is Whiskey Raiders?
A: Whiskey Raiders is a feature rich platform that aggregates and reports on whiskeys from around the globe. Whiskey Raiders summarizes how each whiskey performs according to various experts across the internet, including our own, by providing a single aggregated score or “Raiding.” Not unlike other aggregate review sites (think movies or video games) – Whiskey Raiders provides all of the information you need to know about a whiskey in one place, with the opportunity to dig deeper into each of the scores.
Q Why does the world of whiskey need Whiskey Raiders?
A: Compared to other spirit/drinks categories (think wine, beer) the world of whiskey online is heavily fragmented. It’s hard to quickly find a single venue with concrete, reliable information about each whiskey – especially new bottlings and exciting, fresh releases. Whiskey Raiders brings trusted reviews from across the internet, the insight of our in house whiskey critics, and more together to provide a single resource when you’re hunting for your next bottle of whiskey, or reading about new releases. Every aggregate is linked to its original sources as well, so it’s easy to start at Whiskey Raiders and then read the full thoughts of each of the trusted sources as time and interest allows.
Q What determines the Raider Score?
A: The Raided Score is Whiskey Raiders aggregate scoring, made up of the reviews of trusted and notable critics across the internet. Our in-house rating will often be one of the scores factored in equally with the others. The whiskey world is chock full of authors, personalities and publications that report on whiskey. The Raider Score embodies two main components – conversion and averaging.
Since every publication across the internet uses a different rating scale, we have first converted their rating to an in house equivalent on a 0-100 scale. It’s never going to be perfect but we feel it does offer apples to apples comparisons. Once each publication score is converted (see metrics below), the results are averaged, and an aggregated score is provided for each whiskey. This Raided Score can continue to trend up and down – especially for new releases – as each source weighs in and posts reviews. A minimum quantity of aggregate reviews is required before a score is displayed, to ensure statistical integrity.
Q What do these colors (green, yellow, red) indicate?
A: High scores are reflected with a green background. These are top notch whiskeys, agreed to be worth your time and attention.
Average scores are reflected with a yellow background. Whiskeys with these scores are generally good, or fine. Aggregate sources may disagree (combination of high and low scores) or all generally feel average about each (combination of middling scores).
Low scores are reflected with a red background. The general opinion of whiskeys bearing this color is middling to low, and our sources generally did not find them to be special or worth seeking out.
Q How are ratings converted to the Raided Score?
A: See the Whiskey Raiders rating rubrik here: