I am a new member and this is my first post. I have read a lot of posts and enjoyed them all. I would like to compliment the list for the polite and friendly tone that I have encountered. I have seen many different opinions put forward, but no unpleasantness at all.
I had a hard time deciding where to post first! I chose this thread because it is through Jim Murray's book that I have come to my new appreciation of whisky. I have enjoyed whisky for a long time, particularly bourbon. I thought I didn't like scotch until I tried The Glenlivet 12 some years ago and then I thought I only liked The Glenlivet. I didn't try many others and the ones I tried I didn't like as well. Mostly because they didn't taste like The Glenlivet. I also really liked Black Bush and Bushmills 10. I mostly drank Jim Beam and Wild Turkey. I tried a lot of other comparably priced bourbons, but always came back to those. I drank some Japanese whiskies, but as they are more or less scotch inspired and I thought I didn't like scotch I didn't much care for them. It didn't help that I drank the cheap stuff. I live in Japan by the way. A friend did pour me a couple of drams of high end Japanese malt, probably Yoichi, that I really liked. It didn't taste like anything I had ever had before.
I drank beer and other spirits as well. Too much in fact. I quit drinking entirely for a little more than two years. Recently, I decided to drink agian this time in moderation. So far so good. That was about six months ago. Mostly I drank beer, but then I bought a bottle of Black Bush and then a bottle of Bushmills 10. A little Tequila and a couple of bottles of Remy Martin. I started to search the web for more info about the whiskies I liked, mostly going to the distiller's sites. Those were somewhat lacking in objectivity...
I put whisky in Amazon's search engine and out popped The Whiskey Bible 2004. I ordered it and got my copy on Dec. 30. I started reading it on the Amazon site using the 'search this book' function before it arrived. I headed straight for the liquor store. I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on whisky since then. Mostly on things that Jim Murray scored in the high eighties or above. Of course, I read the notes, too!
I have not drunk all that much since I got the book. Moderation is still the watchword. Well, during the holidays I drank quite a bit, starting early, sundown, and drinking till late, but very very slowly, around one shot per hour. Since going back to work on the 6th I have limited myself to four shots per day. I am enjoying myself immensely. I have been drinking from two to four different whiskies per day. Sometimes two to four types of whisky per day.
Not much about the book yet...
Right now, it really is the Whiskey Bible. It is the Gospel according to Murray. He is the Prophet of the Water of Life. However, I have a number of other books on the way, I have been reading your posts and some of the articles that are on line here and, more importantly, I am gaining a lot of concentrated personal experience. I have liked everything Murray recommended that I have tried so far. I haven't always agreed with his ratings. For example, the Jameson just seems like an agreeable, easy to drink whisky. Nothing to rave about.
I just counted. I have twenty different whiskies, most of which I have bought since I got the book. Plus some duplicates. All of them are light by at least a couple of shots. I have to stop buying whisky! My wallet is hemorrhaging!