Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2009

A book review by Franz Scheurer


Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible has to be the most used reference book worldwide and this in itself is a recommendation. It’s comprehensive, easy to use and whether you agree with his views or not, Jim Murray is consistent. This makes the Whisky Bible eminently useable. Once you know his likes and dislikes, you can ‘read between the lines’. I for one use it a lot and find it extremely helpful.


The 2009 edition rates over 3,850 whiskies, 210 blended Scotches and 250 American whiskeys. Let’s not forget Irish whiskey, Canadian whisky, Japanese whisky and European whiskies (divided into Austria, Belgium, England, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales. He talks about World Whiskies, encompassing Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, New Zealand and South Africa. So you see, the word ‘comprehensive’ really is applicable here.


Each whisky is given a rating out of 100. Twenty-five marks are given to each of four factors: nose (n), taste (t), finish (f), balance and overall complexity (b).  Each whisky is tasted and rated without the addition of water (or ice) and using an identical glass.


Jim Murray’s Award Winners take up a whole page and Ardbeg Uigeadail in his World Whisky of the Year. His ranking for this gem is 97.5.


Maps of Scotland, Speyside Malts, Ireland, United States, Canada and Japan are included to give you an idea where the distilleries are located.


This is another brilliantly consistent Whisky Bible and I suggest you have one at home and one with you, just in case!

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