Jim Murray's done it again, with his new edition Whisky Bible containing an extra 1300 whiskies. As ever, some of his choices for his Whisky Bible Award-winners are obvious picks - Lagavulin 12 Year Old and the various representatives of Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection will come as no surprise to seasoned Bible-watchers - while others will raise some eyebrows. But that's why we love him, right?
Blended from more than 50 single malts (with particular emphasis on Miltonduff and Glenburgie) as well as 4 single grain whiskies. Ballantine's Finest is a smooth, satisfyingly modern blend, now picking up serious momentum in overseas markets under owners Chivas Brothers. Whisky Bible 2011 & 2012: Scotch Blend of the Year (NAS); 96 Points
Hugely popular Irish blend, renowned for its affinity with ginger ale. The default springboard into the fascinating world of Irish whiskey, Jameson's quality has improved massively in the last 10-15 years and it's one of Jim Murray's favourites, with 95 points in the Whisky Bible 2013. Whisky Bible 2013: 95 Points
Johnnie Walker Black Label is one of the world's favourite Scotch whiskies - and over 100 years after its first appearance in 1909, it's still winning awards. Whisky Bible 2011 & 2012: Best Blend (5-12 Years); 95.5 Points World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Blended Scotch 12 years and under
Full-bodied, with creamy vanilla notes, this is one of the best blends available anywhere. A testament to the art of the master blender, and fiercely championed by Jim Murray. Whisky Bible Awards 2011: World Whisky of the Year; Whisky Bible Awards 2013: Scotch Whisky of the Year; 97.5 Points IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
An 8 year old bourbon distilled in Bardstown and named for the year that Kentucky became a state - 1792. Ridgemont Reserve is a bit of a hidden gem, with a very low profile despite a huge 94.5 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013. Whisky Bible Awards 2013: 9 Years & Under; 94.5 Points
A smokey whisky with a difference. Firstly it's made in Texas by Balcones and secondly the smoke comes from a secret process involving Texas Scrub Oak. This is not smoky whisky like you've had before - a mix of campfires, fruit and youthful corn.
*This whisky is produced in small batches, which change frequently. We cannot guarantee which batch will be shipped*
As reliably excellent as ever, the 2011 Special Releases Lagavulin 12yo was distilled in 1999 and vatted from refill American oak casks. As you'd expect, this is a very upfront, sooty-sweet Lagavulin in the classic style. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Islay 12 years and under
A mix of bourbon and sherry casks matured for 19 years before the last two years are spent finishing in ex-Madeira casks, this is the top of Bushmill's regular range. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Irish Single Malt
A whisky commemorating the end of an era in Whisky history - the enactment of the Scotch Whisky Regulations of 2009. After the 22nd of November 2011 whiskies can no longer be labelled as Vatted Malts, the new term being the (debatably) confusing Blended Malt Whisky. This bottling, a cask strength vatting of 35 year old Speyside whisky and 26 year old Islay whisky, is Compass Box's tribute.
The 2012 Islay Festival release from Ardbeg, although with a slight twist to usual - not only was it available from the distillery but also from Ardbeg Embassy shops, of which TWE is one. It's matured in refill sherry casks that were previously used for Uigeadail and bottled at 56.7%.
Please note this is limited to two bottles per customer.
The oldest and most limited of Balblair's vintage expressions yet released, this 1965 comes from a single American oak ex-sherry butt that yielded 350 bottles at natural strength. This picked up a humonguous 96.5 points from Jim Murray, who made it Single Malt of the Year in its age category.
Whisky Bible Awards 2013: Single Malt of the Year (41 years & Over - Single Cask); 96.5 Points
Another stunning packaging job for this limited release of fifty-year-old Highland Park 1960, featuring a sterling silver abstract 'cage' around the bottle by Scottish artist Maeve Gillies and a natural-look wooden box. The official tasting notes suggest a sherry influence on this, with tobacco, raisins and cooked fruit.
Whisky Bible Awards 2013: Single Malt of the Year (41 years & Over - Multiple Casks); 96.5 Points