Try to describe these characteristics when evaluating scotch, wine, craft beer, etc:
What does it look like? Color. “Legs” (for wine, sake, mead). “Head” and lacing (for beer).
Does it look delicious sitting there in your glass? Or does it look like cheap, artificial color like JD or Cuervo? An older drink will often (not always) be darker than a newer one. Certain types of barrel finishes, such as Pedro Ximenez sherry, will darken the scotch significantly.