About the Jim Murray
Jim Murray is a legend and leading player on the world’s whisky stage. It is now over 25 years since he became the world’s first-ever full time whisky writer. And this 2020 edition of his Whisky Bible marks the 17th year of annual publication.
History of Whisky Bible
Jim Murray - the Trailblazer
Whisky Book Writer of The Year
By this time Jim Murray had already won a number of awards for his writing, including Whisky Writer of the Year in each of the three years he was entered, his work for the Sunday Telegraph, The Observer and The Scotsman coming up gold. Jim then wrote his first whisky book in 1994, entitled Jim Murray’s Irish Whisky Almanac. And several more followed before the end of the century including Jim Murray’s Complete Book of Whisk; The Art of Whisky; Classic Bourbon Tennessee and Rye; Classic Blended Scotch and Classic Irish Whiskey – together selling hundreds of thousands of copies.
Annual Whisky Ratings
Educating Whisky Distilleries
When Jim Murray is not spending his three to four months whisky tasting and evaluating 1,200 whiskies a year for the next edition of the Whisky Bible, he can be seen in all corners of the world training blenders and other industry professionals as well as advising or trouble shooting at distilleries. His consultancy work now takes up many months of each year, but Jim especially enjoys this as it means he retains a close link with and insight into the production of whisky worldwide.
Heighten Your Whisky Experience
The other aspect Jim Murray thoroughly enjoys is meeting whisky lovers and learning from them, changing tastes and trends from all over the world. Usually this happens after Jim has conducted one of his legendary Whisky Tastings, be they corporate or general, and which are nearly always held blind so that his audience cannot be swayed by pre-conceived beliefs. Jim also uses these tastings to show people how to maximise their whisky experience by incorporating the famous Murray Method, which he devised over a ten year period in the 1980s.