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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 Paperback – October 7, 2013
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About the Author
Jim Murray is a legend and a leading player on the world's 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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Great notes on a lot of whiskies, with some surprising omissions.
I was hoping to get some professional tasting notes on some of the better whiskies in my cabinet, but many are missing. Examples that come to mind so far are the Jefferson's Presidential Select 17, 18, 21, and Rye, and the 20 and 23 Pappy Van Winkles. These titans were omitted yet he took the time to taste literally hundreds of BT single oak project barrels. I don't know.
Also many of the tasting notes outside the scotch whiskies leave a bit to be desired--that is, many are extremely short and uninformative. For example, the Yamazaki 12 year single malt, which is the more readily available whisky made at the same distillery as his "World's best whisky," the Single malt sherry cask, is simply described as "A complex and satisfying malt." I would've loved more description on this excellent whisky and many others. I was surprised to see how tiny this book was, so when you factor that in I guess you would expect basically number ratings and a couple words on many whiskies without much else.
Lastly, the ratings start to become less meaningful after perusing for a while and seeing literally hundreds upon hundreds of whiskies page after page rated as "Brilliant" or "Definitely worth buying." I mean this guy REALLY loves whiskey.
Aside from the few missing bourbons and the lack of satisfying tasting notes on a lot of the whiskies, it's a good reference for only $14.
Only negative? tinylittle print....
Some entries are very brief and carried over from previous years, but I've found that most often the overall rating instead of price (not contained in this book) is a strong indicator if I will like or dislike a particular dram according to my tastes.
I highly advise keeping a list or using some ribbon to mark certain distillery pages that you will refer to often.
Lastly, and probably most importantly, expect your spending budget on scotch whisky to increase by reading this book.