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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2009

As the 2009 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible hits the bookshops, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s single cask, single malts have once again attracted the attention. Considered by many as the ‘world’s leading whisky guide from the world’s foremost whisky authority’ the Whisky Bible, now in its 6th year, researches over 3850 whiskies. The Society put forward several samples of its single cask malts and this year’s selection went down a treat!

This independent endorsement of the quality of the Society’s single cask bottlings comes hot on the heels of the recent Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottler's Challenge where the Society won the most prizes. The Society achieved nine accolades, including three golds and four silvers.

Here are a just a few of Jim Murray’s Society recommendations all of which are listed in the Society online whisky archive AND for members who are quick off the mark there may still be some bottles left in the Society online whisky shop

Cask 93.32 – Old puffer by the harbour wall
Jim Murray – ‘One of the whiskies of the year.’

Cask 122.16 – Coconut and tar
Jim Murray – ‘And it is sublime... there aren't many malts of earth which can touch this.’

Cask 104.10 – Rose petals and passion fruits
Jim Murray – ‘I chose this to be the 1,000th whisky tasted for this edition simply because this really is one of the rarest whiskies in the world. So you hope against hope that it will be a classic. And it most certainly is. For God's sake re-install them stills...!!!!’

Cask 3.135 – Heaven and hell
Jim Murray – ‘Keep these kind of bottlings coming, guys!!!’

Jim Murray has also included some of the Society’s single cask grain whiskies in the new edition of his Whisky Bible.

G4.1 – Mellow menthol
Jim Murray – ‘absolutely top order grain’

G2.1– Endless pleasure
Jim Murray – ‘enticing to say the least.. grab some of this and see what I mean’

G3.1 – Hours of entertainment
Jim Murray – ‘another example of why old grains like these are amongst the finest whiskies found, not just in Scotland but the world’

The Society also achieved nine accolades from Whisky Magazine in the Independent Bottler's Challenge, which includes three golds and four silvers, clearly demonstrating the superb quality of the single cask, single malt whisky.

Passed under some of the most scrupulous noses in the world before even being bottled for the Society, the specially selected malt whiskies faced a rigorous blind tasting from the panel of experts to decide which ones came out on top at the Whisky Magazine awards.

A full list of the Society bottlings featured in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible and the award winners from Whisky Magazine is available from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Site

For more information on The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, its single cask, single malt whiskies and Society membership visit

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