A couple of weeks ago, I did a deep dive into the many different types of whiskey around the world and looked at how the spirit differs from region to region, whether we’re talking about the smoky variants Scotland is famous for or the bourbons that define the American style.
For the average drinker, trying to navigate the world of whiskey on your own is like taking public transportation in a city you’ve never been to but there are thankfully more than a few resources out there to help you get where you need to go.
With that said, it can be just as overwhelming to try and wade through the countless sources devoted to the drink but there are a few tried-and-trusted ones you can turn to if you’re looking to learn from the world’s leading experts.
One of those experts is Jim Murray, an English writer and whiskey reviewer who has released an annual Whiskey Bible since the first edition was published in 2003.
Every year, Murray (and his liver) take on the hard and laborious task of testing as many different whiskeys as possible before awarding one lucky bottle with the title of World’s Best Whiskey.
Last year, the honor went to E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain, a bourbon from Buffalo Trace that took the crown from a 13-Year Old Booker Rye.
Now, we have a new champion in the form of William Larue Weller.
According to Forbes Murray gave the 12-year Kentucky bourbon top marks in Whiskey Bible 2019, but if you’re looking to get your hands on some, you’re probably out of luck.
However, if you manage to track it down (and are willing to shell out the hundreds of dollars it costs), here’s what you can expect:
William Larue Weller is soft and smooth bursting with notes of caramel, marshmallows, and vanilla. Pepper and spice enter on the palate and the sweetness from the nose continues into a long finish.
Eat your heart out, Pappy.