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Whisky bible: Bourbon-style scotch wins award for first time

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Americans love bourbon, there has never been a debate about that. Along with mom, baseball and apple pie there – bourbon is classically American. Jim Murray, one of the most respected whiskey critics in the world believes that scotch is no longer a match for the American whiskey.

“Generally speaking, bourbon … has overtaken Scotch,” he told the Telegraph.

Murray, who penned ‘Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible,’ argues that Scotland’s diminishing quality with their whiskey is due to the use of sulphur candles to sanitize barrels that have been used to age sherry. The difference is that bourbon is aged in virgin oak casks, which don’t require the sulphur treatment.

“The best whiskey is coming not from Scotland any more, but from Kentucky,” he said, adding that Buffalo Trace, a bourbon distillery in Frankfort, Ky., is “arguably the best distillery in the world.”

For the tenth anniversary of Murray’s Whisky Bible, he tasted over 1,100 new whiskeys from around the globe which are new to the market within the last year.

While still technically a single-malt Scotch ‘Glenmorangie Ealanta’ was matured in the style of bourbon and received a 97.5 on a 100 point scale.

As Jim Murray’s book enters 2014 it is closing in on half a million copies sold. To purchase a copy, visit

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