For 17 years running, the esteemed whiskey aficionado has released Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, a book that's considered by many sippers to be gospel.
Inside Hook notes that Murray dutifully sampled over 4,700 whiskies from over 30 countries before announcing the front-runners featured in the book's 2020 edition, and America cleaned up with his top three picks.
The winner, Full Proof, weighs in at a whopping 125-proof, 62.5 percent alcohol by volume, making it one of the strongest whiskies on the market. His favorites are listed below, but expect significant mark-ups and short supplies when tracking any of them down.
World Whisky of the Year: 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Second Finest: William Larue Weller 125.7 Proof – 2018 Release
Third Finest: Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye 128.8 Proof – 2018 Release
Single Cask of the Year: Nantou Omar Cask Strength Bourbon Cask #11140804
Scotch Whisky of the Year: Glen Grant Aged 18 Years Rare Edition
Single Malt No Age Statement: Glen Grant Rothes Chronicles Cask Haven
Irish Whiskey of the Year: Redbreast Aged 12 Years Cask Strength
Bourbon (11-15 Years): Pappy Van Winkle 15 Years Old
Canadian Whisky of the Year: Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
Japanese Whisky of the Year: Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt
Order Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2020 for $19.33 online.