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Jim Murray

Most of you will know of Jim Murray. After all, he is arguably the most famous whisky writer there is. Like him or not, this makes him a man of some distinction in our beautiful, mad whisky world. What follows is a few words about his career and life.

Jim Murray started his career working as a national newspaper journalist with the Sunday People and Daily Star, and his first book was a history of his beloved Millwall Football Club: Millwall: Lions of the South (1988).

Despite his success, Murray made the decision to leave Fleet Street after 13 years, and set out to become the world's first-ever full-time whisky writer. His decision was vindicated, with the well-received 1994 release of Jim Murray's Irish Whiskey Almanac, which he followed with other notable publications such as Jim Murray's Complete Book of Whisky (1997), Classic Bourbon, Tennessee & Rye (1998), and Classic Blended Scotch (1999).

His most famous work, however, since becoming a full-time dram-man, is without doubt Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, an ongoing series that began in 2003. Styled as a compact guide, it’s a comprehensive index of every whisky that Murray (and a team of researchers) were able to source in a given year. Each one has a review that follows from a tasting by Jim Murray – and only Jim Murray – with four key criteria: nose, taste, finish and balance. Each is awarded marks out of 25, giving a total potential mark of 100 points.

Since the release of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, he has sold more than 750,000 copies of his many books in various languages across more than 30 countries. His contributions have been recognised countless times, he has won the Glenfiddich Whisky Writer of the Year award three times, and he also chairs the the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Murray is also an inductee in the Bourbon Hall of Fame and has been asked to become a Keeper of the Quaich many times, although he declined the offers.

But alas! With such fame and success comes detractors. Murray possesses a complicated relationship within the whisky world, particularly when it comes to his Whisky Bible. Given that he has to advertise his product not once but every year, some doubt that he prioritises an honest opinion over a marketable one, or that anybody could consume the amount of whisky he claims to have tried since he has been working on the Whisky Bible and live.

Such criticisms are easy to make, and many forget that the Whisky Bible serves a purpose. In the words of the man himself: “The whole point of the Bible is to actually enjoy the whisky.” It’s worth remembering that, when it comes to whisky, this is a topic that isn’t reduced by subjectivity; it is liberated by it. In this democratic space where we all have a legitimate voice, the works of someone like Jim Murray can help people find confidence in theirs.

For those green in the world of whisky, the Bible offers a great template to learn how to take part, and any professional whisky writer is lying if they say they haven’t given it at least a glance for some compartmentalised wisdom every now and again.

Put simply, Jim Murray is an expert on whisky. For more than 20 years he has made this his living, and for more than 20 years he has earned the right to so. Ultimately, he knows his shit. The man’s living the dream, one dram at a time.

You can purchase his latest Whisky Bible, as always, right here.

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2019

It's the 2019 edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. The well-known whisky review has added yet another bundle of brand new entries for new whiskies to his compendium of tasting notes, with this…  More info

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2018

The world has completed another orbit of the friendly neighbourhood hot plasma sphere floating in space, giving Jim Murray enough time to update his Whisky Bible! The 2018 edition is the 15th Whisky…  More info

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015

The 2015 edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, packed with over 4,700 tasting notes and ratings of whiskies from all over the world. A great up-to-date reference tool for whisky connoisseurs.  More info

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2011

The world’s most comprehensive whisky guide from the whisky’s foremost authority with over 4,500 entries.  More info

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 10th Anniversary Edition

The 2014 edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, the world's leading whisky guide, features over 4,500 whiskies, all tasted and rated, including a very tasty 18 Year Old Single Cask Ardbeg which…  More info

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 10th Anniversary Edition
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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2012

The 2012 of the ultimate whisky resource, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. This edition sees Old Pulteney 21 Year Old stealing the show as the winner of the coveted best whisky in the world title. This is…  More info

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2010

The 2010 edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. A must have for any lover of whiskies of all shapes and sizes, from all over the world. This is a fantastic resource, with thousands of detailed tasting…  More info

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2010
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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017

It's the 2017 edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, containing tasting notes and ratings for over 4,600 whiskies from all over the world! A valuable reference tool and resource for whisky…  More info

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016

4,600 whiskies evaluated with scores and tasting notes - no mean feat. Back for a thirteenth edition, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible is an excellent reference tool for whisky connoisseurs, covering…  More info

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Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2013

This is the 2013 release and indeed the tenth edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. This is the most up-to-date reference tool for whisky on the market and of course features his Liquid Gold Awards.…  More info

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Signed copy of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2005

A copy of the 2005 Whisky Bible with a signed message from Jim Murray! (Although it is addressed to 'Steve'...)  More info

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2009

The 2009 edition of Jim Murray's legendary Whisky Bible. This is a fantastic resource filled with literally thousands of whisky tasting notes from arguably the most famous whisky critic around, Jim…  More info

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Signed copy of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2004

A copy of the 2004 whisky bible signed by none other than the man himself - Jim Murray. A perfect gift for somebody called Steve...  More info

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2006

The third edition of Jim Murray's wonderful Whisky Bible, this was released for 2006 and features tasting notes on more than 3,400 whiskies from all around the world.  More info

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2005

The 2005, 2nd edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. This is a great resource and it features full, detailed tasting notes for thousands of whiskies.  More info

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