Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Jim Murray

I saw on some one elses blog today (excellent site by the way) that they were taking the mickey from Jim Murray and his love of himself. The blog mentions three whiskies that are all the same product and he gives them different scores and different ratings.

In fairness this could be because they were tasted at different times of the day etc - or it could be that he is full of bull? Who knows!!! I know of a few other whiskies that are exactly the same and he gives them completely different scores and reviews.

Now I am sure that the average punter amongst us could make these mistakes but as for someone who is the "God" (Self declared) of whisky then surely he couldn't make these mistakes!

So who is going to try and knock Murray of his perch!

I'm sure a few could but try telling Jim that!


Nestor said...

At least reading Murray's crazy tasting notes is always entertaining --you need a good sense of humour.
The name of his over the top style that has been cleverly coined by Serge is "maltoporn." Lets make it stick!

Thanks for the comments on the site, btw!

Dan said...

Hi Pete,

The attacks on Jim Murray are a bit over the top. I think we can disagree with most whisky writers over some of their ratings (Michael Jackson overrates Macallan (and Cragganmore for that matter) without making a leap to some 'messianic' god complex. I concur with Nestor in that Jim is more than a tad self absorbed and that his less than modest ego shows through in that he quite fancies the drams he's had some control in bringing into existence. Actually, if I was to psycho-analyse Jim, I believe his need for control lies behind his preference for blends over malts as he can personally intervene and play 'god' with blends, whereas he has much less say in the ultimate profile of single malts.

I've personally seen Jim in action in his little tasting office and I have some basic problems with his methodology; he doesn't taste 'blind', he knows what he is drinking, which makes it hard to believe that he would'nt know that the three corn whiskeys that Nestor berates him over were the same product as his Whisky Bible gives plenty of examples from Ancient age and Buffalo Trace.

Still it's hard enough to score two glasses of Bushmills 10 tasted 25 minutes apart and come up with the same comments and scores let alone score 1 whiskey at ten o'clock in the morning and score another at 8 o'clock of an eventing with maybe 40 or 50 samples in between.

As I said, I have problems with Jim's methodology.