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 / 45.7%
A late 2012 release of Highland Park's excellent 25 year old whisky. A mix of ex-sherry and bourbon cask matured whisky to balance honey with rich fruit, as well as a lick of the distilleries trademark Orcadian peatiness.
£188.00 Inc. VAT
(£156.67 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
The 2013 release in Glenmorangie's annual Private Edition series of small batch wood experiments, Ealanta differs from its predecessors as it has been full-term matured (rather than finished) in its designer casks, which in this instance are made from heavily toasted new white oak.
This is limited to 1 bottle per customer

Jim Murray's Best Whisky in the World 2014
£199.00 Inc. VAT
(£165.83 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 54.1%
A very exciting single cask of Irish whiskey bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange. This first fill bourbon cask of single pot still whiskey from Ireland's largest distillery, Midleton, was distilled in November 1991 and bottled at cask strength in October 2012 a month shy of its 21st birthday. A profusion of tropical fruit flavours on a luxurious bed of creamy vanilla.
£250.00 Inc. VAT
(£208.33 Ex. VAT)
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 / 58.9%
Ardbeg Supernova has been a phenomenon since the Advance Committee Release sold out in a matter of hours back in January 2009. This is the peatiest Ardbeg ever at over 100ppm. Get 'em while they're hot.

Please note this is limited to 1 bottle per customer.

Whisky Bible 2010: Scotch Whisky of the Year; Second Finest Whisky in the World; 97 points
£275.00 Inc. VAT
(£229.17 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 / 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 / 40%
Another of Gordon & Macphail's long-aged Glen Grants which, along with Glenfarclas, represent the best-value long-aged sherried Speysides available. Thankfully, Glen Grant is one of those special Speysiders (like Glenfarclas, Mortlach and Macallan) that is capable of withstanding immense oak ageing without tasting like a pile of wet sawdust.
This is restricted to ONE BOTTLE per customer
£465.00 Inc. VAT
(£387.50 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 / 56.6%
A 1989 vintage Macallan selected as part of the Masters of Photography series, celebrating the work of Annie Leibowitz. This was matured in a sherry butt and features a photograph of actor & director Kevin McKidd entitled 'The Gallery'.

This is restricted to ONE BOTTLE per customer
£1,700.00 Inc. VAT
(£1,416.67 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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