Personally I enjoy reading the opinions of all three - and don't forget Dave Broom too. But - let's put this in perspective - we all agree that taste is subjective and there really is no "quintessential" opinion. There is, however, plenty of interest and these critics/writers/"experts" have done a great service to the industry and the enthusiasts (and fanatics) that fuel it.
That's quite a reaction westcoastboy. Good luck to you. Note that person that polls the best does not get an award or become the Robert Parker of the whisky world. It's just a bunch of mostly anon pepole voting on an Internet poll that doesn't really mean anything.
God forbid if you have a conversation with someone and some of it turns out to be meaningless.
I am going to do something with the answer. I am going to hang it on the wall and throw sugar at it.
In scotch circles, Michael Jackson appears to have the most influence. His Malt Whisky Companion is the bible of many scotch drinkers, his other books on scotch are similarly revered, and of course, his writings appear in periodicals, newspapers, magazines, etc. It's also worth bearing in mind that MJ is also recognised as a (the?) leading authority on beer.
However, looking globally at whisk(e)y, Jim Murray obviously looks at the big picture. Scotch is merely a chapter in his books, which also focus on Irish, American, & Canadian whiskies. (Japanese also!). And yet, he shuns writing for magazines & periodicals, and so his influence extends only to those who read his books. If your interest/preference is bourbon, than JM will be your guru, rather than MJ.
Ash wrote:I've never even heard of Paul Pacult
or Robert Parker for that matter.
IMHO, MJ rules. Murray's latest bible is inconsistent and sometimes factually incorrect. And I disagree with his opinions more often than any other whisky writer's. And he's a hippy.
That's interesting, Ash. Of course, being factually incorrect is entirely consistent with being a hippy.
Can you tell me where JM is factually incorrect? I haven't spotted it, but I haven't given the book my full attention yet. And of course I probably don't know enough to be able to spot it if I did.
I don't know anything about wine, but I know that he can change the price of a wine by giving it a good or bad rating. It is claimed on the slieve of Whisky Bible that Jim Murray is the Parker of... It also seems, according to the book and a few other things I've read, that he saved Redbreast from extinction. Moreover, he seems to have led the campaign for the recognition of Ardbeg, successfully. More work than most hippies do in a lifetime.
Of course, I am taking these claims at face value etc. I also like Michael Jackson and Dave Broom, who looks suspiciously like Jim Murray.
Yeah, I accept that this could be the case. I also note that the whiskies he is involved with (blending and consulting) recieve a very high rating in general. I think he should have someone else rate these few whiskies in his book. That said, surely he must like the flavour profile of a whisky he blended himself - otherwise, he would be telling his employers he did not do a very good job.
Anyway, I like his book and enjoy many of the whiskies he does, in the end of the day.
Is Michael Jackson involved in blending anywhere?
I don't know anything about wine, but I know that he can change the price of a wine by giving it a good or bad rating. Murray.
He may be able to change the price of wine, but not the value. In an efficient market, price always gravitates towards value. It's anyones guess how long that can take though
Chuck is a regular in Whiskey Mag on American whiskey, and has done promotional media for the bourbon industry.
He is perhaps not as widely read as those listed in the poll above, but every bit as authoritative.
There's also a paralell to be made between the "old" bourdaux wine and brandy from Cognac before the eighties. This used to be fantastic untill wine and cognac makers gave in to taste preferences of the far east and the north american markets.
Sincerely disturbed Christian!
How does Parker find the time to rate all those wines and write all those Spenser novels, too, anyway? (Probably not as tough a trick as writing on beer and whisky and being the King of Pop at the same time....)
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