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Tipples tested for new 'Bible'
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
The cover of the new book

A Northamptonshire man is the official tester for a Bible of a different kind.

Jim Murray samples drinks and then writes up his thoughts for the Whisky Bible 2011, which is printed in the county.

For this task he has tasted all new whiskies brought out over the past 12 months.

"I have tasted over 1,000 new drinks from the cheapest brands to the most expensive. Discovery is fun and that's why I do the Whisky Bible," said Jim.

The Whisky Bible 2011 is a ratings guide of whiskies including Scotch single malt, grains and blends.

"Whisky has become a lot sexier recently as more people are drinking it. I have travelled the world searching for the best one," said Jim.

There are a lot of people interested in the ingredients of a great whisky.

"Many people want to know which whisky makes them tick as it helps them learn more about their taste buds," he said.

Jim tests different whiskies by sipping them and then spitting them out to feel the aroma and sensations in his mouth.

This is the eighth Whisky Bible Jim has written and it is printed in Rushden, Northamptonshire.

"The book is completely done in Northamptonshire, from the tasting to the printing utilizing all the services in the county," he said.

It is one of the biggest selling books of its kind around the world and Jim is proud of his work.

"I have got to taste some really wonderful whiskies and met some really interesting people along the way. I just hope the book continues to be an important component in whisky drinkers' lives," said Jim.

Please drink alcohol responsibly and if you think you have a problem contact your local GP or visit www.drinkaware.co.uk.




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