The world’s leading whisky guide has named a Japanese single-malt the best whisky in the world, unseating Scottish spirits for the first time ever.
Jim Murray, author of the 2015 Whisky Bible, awarded Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 a score of 97.5 out of 100 and called it a whisky of “near incredible genius.” The Yamazaki, which comes from Japan’s oldest distillery, beat out 4,500 whiskies for the title. A Scottish spirit didn’t even crack the top five. Murray calls the upset a “wake up call” for Scottish distilleries and says they needed “a little dose of humility.” Ouch.
Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 costs about $160 per bottle. Only 18,000 bottles were made, so good luck tracking one down.
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