MrTattieHeid wrote:I haven't seen my copy of the Bible for a couple months now, and I have to admit I haven't looked too hard. Murray's talents, and the effort involved in producing the book, are prodigious, but I find this kind of book less and less relevant to me as I move along my whisky journey. When Jackson first published the Companion, it was revolutionary, but the sheer volume and rapid pace of new releases these days make the comprehensiveness and currency that Murray strives for impossible. What's more, I find myself only mildly curious to know what these guys think of any particular whisky; my palate is nowhere near as sophisticated as theirs, what I look for is different from what they do, and my taste is my own. I brought the Companion with me to Scotland, and referred to it once--to look up a distillery telephone number. In fact, the essays at the beginning of the Companion, and the paragraphs and practical information for each distillery, are more valuable to me than tasting notes. I think the best Murray could do for me would be to save me from buying a truly bum bottle, and for a number of reasons, even that is doubtful.
Just my tuppence worth!
I'm starting to feel the same way (I also have lost my 2006 copy - do you think they evaporate, when we no longer need them ?) Having said that I will buy his new book, when it comes out.
On the plus side his books gave me a vocabulary to understand, whisk(e)y, especially Boubon, which I may have never really come to appreciate, without his viewpoint. Additionally, I love the way he takes a whisky on its on merits, so that a bottle you can pick up in Asda scores higher that a £5000 bottle of woody fakery.
But, he is just one man, with one opinion and there are times, when I despair of his ratings. JUST BECAUSE IT HAS PEAT AND IT IS NOT FROM ISLAY DOES NOT MEAN IT IS A GREAT WHISKY. Ahem.
If I had to take just one man's word for it, it would be JM's, but we have this forum, the guy in the shop and your sister's husband's cousin to ask, so in the end he is just one voice amonst many.
Besides I might just buy it because I like the bottle