I have been reading up on what flavours are available to be found in whisky. Seems there are loads of charts to be found.
One chart I like is the one made by Dave Broom, author of the atlas of world whisky. I can not put his chart up in this blog since he has the copyright of it and you will just have to buy his iBook or Book online.
Another chart which I like a lot can be found on the page http://whiskyanalysis.com
There is highly detailed information there to be found and it uses the information already available in studies and puts it in a flavour map.
The chart is based on the Wishart information whisky data set derived from his first book. Some statistics analysis methods and software were used to make the charts found below. I tried to reproduce the chart, but found I needed to become a theoretical statistics expert to do so. You can use these links if you want to give it a go yourself:
The information presented in this map chart is characterised by similar flavour camps that Dave Broom also uses in his writings.
This help because it shows the influence of sherry and other wine casks on the flavour profile of a whisky. From the Dave Broom diagram is is not clear to me if I would be buying a sherry matured whisky or not. This is not a big issue since you will probably be able to read information on the label that would help in this respect. Also blogs, reviews can help. I however like this char since it helps spot the sherry tasting whisky I don’t like at this point in time.
Revised Scottish Whisky Tasting Wheel
The Westland Distillery Flavour Wheel