I feel a need to add my opinion to this as someone who greatly appreciates the WS, the reviews and the time people take to write them. As I still feel relatively new to absinthe and to this forum I have not yet posted a review. I have only tasted 5 brands, Lucid, Kübler, Marteau AdlBE, VP and (unfortunately) LTV. I feel I am only starting to understand the profiles that are found in a truly good product. I have always really appreciated the "Editor Review" as I see it as being based on knowledge and experience that I don't come close to having. That said, I have been participating in this forum for about a year and half now and I do know now that if I see a review from a member like Peridot I will take it seriously since I have come to know the WS membership a bit. But for someone brand new to the site and looking for quality info I think the "Editor Review" provides a good starting point.
The membership reviews will almost always have a slight bias based on one's personal taste preferences. For example, I might review VP slightly better than Marteau AdlBE because IMO the Marteau AdlBE is more subtle while the VP has a bit more bite. And I like that, I like my scotch straight on the rocks. I like to taste that bite, but someone else may feel the exact opposite and flip the ratings. That is why I like the idea of the "Editor Review" as I see it as based on knowledge and experience and (hopefully) void of that sort of bias.
I also agree with Hiram that the "Color" category should be changed to "Appearance". If a Blanche is beautifully clear as it should be defined there is no reason it shouldn't get a 5 just because it is a Blanche.
All of these opinions are just that, my opinions. I mean no disresoect to anyone who may disagree.