One of the highlights of the whisky year for people who love awards and rankings is when Jim Murray publishes his Whisky Bible. Murray tastes seemingly every whisky produced in the world, and gives it tasting notes and scores. He also provides his rankings of the world’s best whiskies.
Murray has just announced his 2014 pick for the best whisky in the world: Glenmorangie Ealanta 19 Year Old Single Malt Scotch. Not only does he say it’s the best, he gives it a score of 97.5 out of a possible 100. He said it has “one of the longest finishes of any Scotch this year…Borderline perfection.”
Should you care? Who knows. I find rankings like this interesting, although not necessarily useful. It’s like the Oscars — it calls attention to notable achievements, even if the idea of something being “the best in the world” is ultimately kind of silly. It gives us something to talk about, a jumping off point for discussion, and I think that’s always a good thing.
But here perhaps is the cool part about this particular selection. You can actually buy a bottle! So many of these highly rated, award-winning whiskies are impossible to find. This one, however, is currently available from Caskers.
Is it worth $120? I have no idea — I haven’t tried it. But if anyone has, please let us know.