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Makes Whisky Taste Better,
This review is from: Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013 (Paperback)
I have five or six of these guides and use them whenever I travel. I would recommend buying two or three that are a few years apart as:-
(a) the latest edition doesn't contain everything that has gone before,
(b) Jim's reviews are updated to the latest bottling - so older bottlings might be better than the newest.
(c) some whiskies go out of circulation, then reappear at a later date.
(d) Its nice having a collection of lovely books.
The best way to use the guide is to take it with you when you visit a whisky retailer, airport duty free or foreign shop. Find something interesting on the shelves then look up Jim's entry. This way you have a better than 70 percent chance of finding something out about it.
The worst way to use it is to take all of the top rated entries, then pop down to you local off-licence and try to find them on the shelves. Jim Murray is a world whisky expert and gets sent 100's of samples by distillers all over the world, and many of these, the best, never reach the shops, or are not sold through Tesco's or even available in the UK
However you use it, enjoy it because its the best guide there is. I disagree with Jim's assessment on lots of whiskies, but only with Murray do I have enough detailed info to know WHY we disagree.