Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2021 - Canadian rye, Kentucky bourbon and Indian malt on the podium

It`s no surprise that the winners are a surprise


Here we go again: in the whisky scene there is rumour, astonishment, discussion and cheering, but also some shaking of heads. Jim Murrays’s Whisky Bible 2021 is not yet available (should be on market end of September), but as expected the announcement of his whisky favorites has been attracting a lot of attention since yesterday.

Murray has not awarded a Scottish whisky World Whiskey of the Year for a few years now, the last one was the Glenmorangie Ealanta in 2014. 2015: The Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry 2013. 2016: Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye. 2017: Booker's Rye 13 Year Old. 2018: Colonel EH Taylor Four Grain. 2019: 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon. 2020: William Larue Weller from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017.

And the winner is….

But now to this year's front runner: World Whisky of the Year 2021 is a Canadian rye whiskey, the Alberta Premium Cask Strength. If you haven't heard of this whiskey yet, it is not least because it is only regularly sold in Canada. Murray lifts the Stagg Jr Barrel Proof in second place and Paul John Mithuna in third. The Indian whisky is the second edition in Paul John’s Zodiac, following the first one, Kanya. And: it is absolutely unknown, as it will probably not be released until 2021.

Being awarded Single Cask of the Year, the Glen Grant 1956 Mr George Centenary Edition Gordon & MacPhail joins the four-league of Murray favorites as the first Scotch product on Murray’s list. Scotch Whisky of the Year is also a Glen Grant: Glen Grant 15 Year Old Batch Strength 1st Edition.

In Europe, Jim Murray sees the Puni Aura Italian Single Malt as a winner in the category of multiple cask whisky and the Braeckman Belgian Single Grain Whiskey Single Barrel 12 Year Old as best single barrel whisky. The German list is headed by Hercynian Willowburn Exceptional Collection 5 Year Old, The Swiss one by Langatun 10 Year Old Second Edition Single Malt and best Austrian whisky is J.H. Original rye whiskey aged 6 years.

The Whiskeyexchange has published a more detailed list of the various title winners here on their blog.