Jim Murray is the foremost authority on Whisky. He has been a full-time Whisky writer and reviewer for 25 years. His yearly book is an authoritative source for Whisky reviews. His book covers the best scotches as well as fantastic Whiskies from around the world.
This book should be considered a tool rather than a traditional book. The first few pages cover some general information about how to interpret the information in the reviews section and a Whiskey tasting guide. The following section includes Jim Murray’s awards for the year. In 2016 the number one spot was awarded to Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, which is an inexpensive Canadian Rye Whisky. The award made the news in Canada. The product was flying off the shelves. I had to wait three months before I could get my hands on some. The 2017 award was again to a North American Rye Whisky. Booker’s Rye 13 years which I have not yet had the pleasure or trying.
The rest of the book contains all the reviews, divided by region and distillery. Jim Murray gives a numerical score to each Whisky and has a short (one sentence to a few paragraph) description. This book has so many reviews that I have been unable to find a single Whisky that I have ever tasted that was not on the list. I always keep it close when I go shopping for scotch to decide what new things to try.
Will you be able to find something Jim Murray forgot of his list? pick up your copy today!
Pro: Small format makes it great to bring around when you go shopping for scotch, This book covers most Whisky in existence in the world.
Cons: Small printing, little other text than the Whisky reviews.
Overall review: Strongly recommend.