First of all, I don't want to come across as a malt snob here, I happily drink cheap blends, however, I do think Jim gives the big cheap blends unnecessary high scores. For example he gives Grant's Family Reserve 94/100 and Ballantine's Finest 96/100, don't get me wrong I like both those whiskies, in fact I often find myself defending Grant's and singing its praises but to score it that highly is just ridiculous, especially when he gives much better blends (in my opinion) like Whyte & Mackay 22 a measly 84.5/100. It's all subjective I know, no one's going to agree with everything but I just think he doesn't do his credibility any good being so generous to the big cheap blends, especially since he supposedly doesn't take price into consideration.
Another criticism I have to mention is the varying amount of detail he goes into for individual whiskies, some can take up half a page yet for some there are as little as 3 words. Where's the consistency?
This Whisky Bible however is unrivalled as a whisky guide, Jim's love of the spirit and enthusiasm about the industry comes across on every page offering unbiased ratings and views on just about any whisky you've ever had or want to have. So if you have even the slightest interest in whisky, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible's can be a very useful book to own.