Jim Murray's Whisky Bible Award Winners 2014

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Another year and another Whisky Bible, listing Jim Murray's opinions on the whiskies of the world.

Like usual Jim has not skirted controversy, with the very tasty (but maybe not quite 'Best Whisky in the World') Glenmorangie Ealanta picking up the top prize - you probably won't see it in the list of bottles below as it, along with runners-up William Larue Weller and Thomas H Handy, sold out within moments of the news leaking.

However, Jim's still pulled out and brought attention to some great, overlooked drams - there's something for everyone in the list below - we've pulled in some more of his top picks, everything scoring over 96 points.

Whether you agree with Jim Murray's scores or not, he certainly knows how to pick some interesting whiskies.

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70cl / 58.6%
The pinnacle of Kavalan's early production - a whisky matured in Fino sherry casks, rather than the more usual darker sherry styles. Rich with more fresh fruit than you might expect from a sherried whisky.
£270.00 Inc. VAT
(£225.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Glenmorangie's Sonnalta PX is the second of their Private Collection bottlings after 2008's release of Astar. Sonnalta PX has been finished in casks formerly containing Pedro Ximenez. A great success at TWE tastings in Vinopolis.
Whisky Bible 2010: Best Scotch New Brand;
Whisky Bible 2012: Best No Age Statement Single Malt Scotch (Multiple Casks); 96.5 Points

This is restricted to ONE BOTTLE per customer
£299.00 Inc. VAT
(£249.17 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 48.6%
The cask strength bottling of Laphroaig 25yo is a very different beast to the old 25yo (and in our opinion, upping the strength is a big improvement). Rich and smouldering, with a big coal hit and a lingering seaweed character. We said at the time that this was tremendous stuff, and now it's only gone and won the IWSC Trophy for Best Cask Strength Single Malt.
£360.00 Inc. VAT
(£300.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 61.6%
The second release from Port Charlotte - interest has been huge and we are very lucky to have secured another small parcel of stock, so don't hang about if you want one!
£375.00 Inc. VAT
(£312.50 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 52.3%
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
£1,220.00 Inc. VAT
(£1,016.67 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 51.3%
An impressive and long awaited bottling from Old Pulteney - their oldest release yet, at a hefty 40 years old. It's presented in a hefty box with a book tracing the history of the distillery and the hand blown bottle, capped with a polished stone stopper, is decorated with silver waves, blown across the glass while the metal was molten.
£1,399.00 Inc. VAT
(£1,165.83 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 48.6%
Glendronach 'Recherché' is a 44 year old single cask release. Bottled from the oldest whisky in the distillery's warehouses at the time of release, this has spent its whole life in an oloroso sherry butt. The name 'recherché' was chosen as it means carefully sought out. Just 632 bottles were released worldwide.
£2,600.00 Inc. VAT
(£2,166.67 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 44.8%
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
£12,500.00 Inc. VAT
(£10,416.67 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46.1%
This is only the second ever official bottling of Glenfiddich 50 year old, and has been created from two casks (a 1955 and a 1957) married for six months before bottling. Just 500 bottles of this extraordinary whisky have been created. They are released on a strict global allocation of 50 bottles per year for the next ten years. Each bottle is decorated with Scottish silver and is housed in a hand-sewn leather box with a leather bound book and signed certificate.
£16,500.00 Inc. VAT
(£13,750.00 Ex. VAT)
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