I'm not knocking either absinthe it's just I have this issue with awards and methods of competitions.
While taste, or any aesthetic, is ultimately subjective there are standards.
Within your own statement, you actually make my first point.
I suppose that it is arguable that all taste and aesthetic experience is subjective... right up to the point where any standard at all is applied. This, however, is the point where the subjective/objective mix of evaluation begins to move away from 100% subjective/0% objective to something less than 100% subjective with a percentage of the experience being objective (if the person having the experience buys in to the standard(s). Better yet if the standards are legitimate.). Let's just stick to evaluation of absinthe for right now (since trying to apply this argument to, let's say, abstract art is beyond my pay grade).
I have done a ton of reading about absinthe in the last few years, and I can honestly say that I know of nowhere where there is a stated standard of correctness and character for absinthe in as relatively brief a format (about 3000 words) as the Review Tutorial here at The WS. This standard was originally written by people very knowledgeable on the subject, and further picked apart, parsed, tweaked and improved about a year and a half ago with the involvement of several others. In its current form it is a consensus of several highly informed opinions on the subject, and not just some "off the wall" manifesto by one individual. When diligently applied by someone with any reasonable experience level, it can result in a meaningful score outcome that reflects how well or not a particular absinthe adheres to the standard. And where consequential reviews are concerned, this is exactly what should be reflected. Let's face it. The Internet is littered with review sites for all kinds of things, and most of those sites apply no standards whatsoever. I suppose if one derives entertainment from reading whether Dick, Jane, Bob, Carol, Ted, or Alice likes or dislikes a particular product, then have at 'em. Personally, I consider most of them a waste of time since there is rarely any standard applied other than the individual writer's subjective (and sometimes stated objective) standards, and except for the rare occasion where that is articulated, one has no idea what standards were applied. And if one is guiding a decision by the aggregated scores on these sites, just consider that those scores are potentially the result of of as many sets of standards and points of view (stated or not) as there are individual reviews. So what does it all mean?
It's for this reason that I loved the WS scoring experiment at the last festival. It showed how the system was great at taking a subjective experience and converting it to an objective score.
To this day, I am still impressed by how that turned out. There is a good discussion about it starting here.
This isn't without it's downfalls though. I absolutely love Leopold Bros. Verte but it got a 3.5 from me because of how awesomely idiosyncratic it is.
I'm not sure I consider that a downfall. Remember, within our system we are evaluating against a standard, not against our own personal preferences. And in our standard, in two key criteria, observable idiosyncrasies and flaws require a score of 3. If that's the way you see it, you did exactly the right thing. Your preferences can always be stated in the comments. Interestingly, I have a review posted on another idiosyncratic absinthe (which coincidentally scored 3.5) in which I stated "Due to its idiosyncrasies, the score is what it is and doesn't really reflect how much I like it. If I were to ignore the review guidelines and reflect just that, the score would be about a half-point higher."
What's my point? My point is twofold; 1. Anyone has the prerogative to like or dislike any product of any type that they wish, based upon whatever standards they wish to apply for themselves, justified or not. 2. However in reviews here, and in the more academic discussion of how good or not an absinthe is, that conversation should be guided by well defined standards of correctness and character. The quality of any particular absinthe (or any alcohol beverage, for that matter) should never be determined by how much a particular individual likes or dislikes it.