Editor's Note: On September 20th, 2020, whisky journalist and founder of OurWhisky.com Becky Paskin publicly highlighted over 34 overt gendered sexual references included in Jim Murray's newly released Whisky Bible 2021. Murray's tasting notes objectifying women as sexual objects are disturbing and contradict our company values. As a result, we have updated our coverage on Mr. Murray with this message to ensure readers are fully aware of Mr. Murray's views.
Jim Murray, the world’s most-read whiskey critic, named 1792 Full Proof Bourbon Whiskey the Whiskey of the Year.
Murray’s annual Whisky Bible (available on Amazon), a tome of more than 1,500 whiskey reviews, is always a lightning rod for whiskey conversations. But this year’s top pick will generate even more arguments than usual.
Where more recent Bibles have crowned already impossible-to-find bottles like the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection’s William Larue Weller or E.H. Taylor Four Grain, this year’s is different. Barton Distillery’s 1792 Full Proof, while allocated, is not unobtanium. It’s barrel proof (124), non-chill-filtered and is available on shelves around $50 in most markets. That will change.
When the similarly priced and readily availably Henry McKenna Single Barrel won the San Francisco World Spirits Competition title “Best in Show, Whiskey,” whiskey drinkers saw bottles evaporate from shelves and prices explode. And Murray has a track record of his own. After Murray named a $30 bottle of Crown Royal the best whiskey of 2017, the whiskey sold out everywhere.
Full Proof is no stranger to this effect either. After winning the World Whiskies Awards World’s Best Bourbon award in 2018, it disappeared from shelves for a time, too.
Second and third place both went to bottles in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, with William Larue Weller taking second and the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac third.
The news of 1792’s win will trigger a run of liquor stores. Act quickly you want to try a bottle before it vanishes.
MORE GREAT DEALS
• Save $160 on a Filson Duffel Bag
• Save $70 on Master & Dynamic’s Wireless Earphones
• Save $69 on Patagonia’s Best Light Down Jacket
• Save $64 on Adidas Ultraboost 19 Sneakers
• Save $55 on an Au Sabot Le Thiers Knife
• Save $55 on Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
• Save $50 on the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket
• Save 50% on This Affordable Automatic Pilot’s Watch
Deals Last Updated: 10/17/19