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Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2013 Paperback – October 8, 2012

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"The annual whisky guide which is regarded by connoisseurs as the most authorative."
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About the Author

Jim Murray is a legend and a leading player on the worlds whisky stage. In his continuous thirst for knowledge and desire to stay at the very top of his subject, he has almost certainly visited more distilleries and tasted a higher number of different whiskies than anyone that has ever lived. Uncompromisingly independent, he is never afraid to pour scorn on those deserving or to champion whiskies previously unfashionable or unknown.
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Product Details

  • Series: Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dram Good Books Ltd; 10th edition edition (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955472970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955472978
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the most complete and most up-to-date set of whisky reviews available. Thus, if you want to find new whiskies to try, it is a great resource. It will serve both the newcomer who wants to buy several but doesn't want to waste money on bad ones; and the more knowledgeable who is interested to learn about smaller bottlings.

Because it is the most complete, it will also review the largest number of the ones you find available in any store. In my unscientific estimate, I'd say that it has about 90% of what I see in stores (missing only very new vintage releases and new micro-distilleries). It is especially admirable for featuring extensive bourbon, rye, and blend tasting notes, and for including many small distilleries alongside the big ones.

The main limitation is the flip side of its strength: it is simply a compilation of 100s or 1000s of crammed paragraph tasting notes. It does not lay out a sensory chart or spectrum for whiskies. Sometimes it is impossible to tell whether a given entry will be peaty or not (and peat can be a challenge for newcomers in particular). It does not list prices; I've seen several where I wanted to go find the whisky only to discover that it was $250 or more. On the other hand, it also is studiously independent and the ratings do not appear to be heavily influenced by price; there are mass whiskies under $30 that score in the 90-95 point range here, and ones much more expensive that get mediocre scores. I think it would be improved if it indicated price range, and had a rudimentary peat-to-caramel sensory range or something of the kind.

I don't always agree with his relative rankings but I have not felt that any of them was wrong, just reflecting differences in taste.
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Jim Murray's "Whisky Bible 2013" is the best of several books I have that cover this general subject. He has condescended to include a section on Scotch blends in this edition. (I know it hurt, Jim; wishing you a speedy recovery.) I'll admit to having a dog in this fight. I'm quite fond of Dewars 18, a blend, which Jim concedes is near the top of his category for "Brilliant." I'll drink to that!

Given that Jim has award the "bronze medal" for Third Best Whisky in the World to a blend (Ballantine 17), his concession seems only right and proper. But like most that are not Scotch single malts, blends are not listed individually in the Contents. One hopes that limitation can be rectified in future editions.

I have two other complaints. One is the format, I suppose it's called. The book is short, very narrow and tightly bound; a favorite of certain (mostly British) publishers. That may make publishing sense, but it surely makes the book hard to read and research. The tiny type-face is also a challenge for tired, old eyes.

Both of these difficulties no doubt relate to business decisions which, nevertheless, tax the poor reader. I regularly need a lighted magnifier to read the type, and the magnifier's use is made all the more difficult by the binding. This book cries out to be Kindle-ized.
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No two persons have the same taste in Whisky, but there is always something useful to learn from someone as experienced in whisk(e)ys the world over as Jim Murray. This annual Bible guidebook gives very useful information on the global trends in whisky, as well as detailed ratings and tasting notes on 4,500 whiskies from all over the globe. I always like to see what Mr. Murray thinks about a whisky before I spend my money on a bottle of it. Highly recommended.
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Fantastic assessment of reviews. Murray does for whiskey the same as wine spectator has done for wine. Bought my fist copy of the book when traveling in Scotland. It helped me find some tremendous deals on quality scotch in the duty free store in Heathrow.
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I generally use whisky reviews to get tasting notes so that I can help train my not-so-deft palate to understand what I'm tasting, not just what I like. This book seems more of a liked it/didn't like it sort of affair, and to be honest, he mostly likes it.
A few reviews are better than others, but for the most part its like wine reviews- when an 88 out of 100 means that you liked it "ok" I think it's skewed. The difference in an 88 and a 96 are HUGE, much more than 8 points. It's not an expensive book, and it's well made, so having it in your liquor cabinet could help you from time to time, but overall, it's not going to teach you much.
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I've been into Whisky for a few years, but this is the first book I've bought. Granted, you can find reviews on the internet these days, but frankly I was looking for an experts opinion and didn't feel like wasting time surfing the internet. This book gave an experts opinion on way more whiskies then you can find on any website.

Despite the amount of information presented in this book, it is organized really well. It is done in a way that allows you to find a top whiskies in a particular category, or dive deep into a ton of reviews. For the reviews, they are short, but informative and satisfying. They aren't long winded, but give enough information on if something is worth picking up or not.

Overall I'm pleased with the purchase and feel I've gotten what I want, which is guidance on narrowing down top whiskies to try.
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