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Best Whiskey in the World? Japan's Yamazaki Single Malt

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 11:46 AM

The best whiskey in the world title has gone to a Japanese brand – Suntory's Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 – for the first time ever, scoring a 97.5 out of 100 in the forthcoming World Whiskey Bible.

According to The Guardian, the Japanese whiskies were once the butt of jokes but have made turnaround and have won numerous awards of late. Yamazaki is the country's Japan's oldest whisky distillery and produced a limited 18,000 bottles of the prize-winning single malt, the newspaper noted.

The whiskey is sold only online or at specialist shops for about $160 each, per The Guardian.

Whiskey expert Jim Murray, who judged the Yamazaki for the World Whisky Bible, described it as "near indescribable genius" and that it possess "a nose of exquisite boldness" and as "thick, dry, (and) as rounded as a snooker ball."

Scottish whiskies have typically ruled the poll. A variety of Scottish whiskies have stood on top of the best whiskey throne two of the last three years – Old Pulteney's 21 year-old single malt in 2012 and Glenmorangie Ealanta in 2014, according to CNBC.

The World Whiskey Bible provides details on some 4,500 whiskies around the globe. Singapore-based whiskey retailer and distributor Julien Nicolay told CNBC that Japanese whiskies have grown over the past three years and can compete with their European brands.

"There's been massive demand," Nicolay said. "This can be attributed to strong marketing campaigns and the quality of the whisky; the Japanese are very good at making a product desirable, and of course making it good."

Nicolay said, though, that the rise of Japanese whiskey does not mean the decline or crowding out of Scottish whiskey.

"There's a misunderstanding of what it means for Scottish whiskies," said Nicolay. "While, there's a massive rise in demand for Japanese whiskies, the same can be said for Scottish whiskies."

The Guardian reported that Murray has warned Scottish distilleries that they should not rest on its reputations and that other countries like Japan were producing own world-class whiskies now.

"Where were the complex whiskies in the prime of their lives? Where were the blends which offered bewildering layers of depth?" Murray wrote, according to The Guardian. "It is time for a little dose of humility … to get back to basics. To realize that something is missing."

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The best whiskey in the world title has gone to a Japanese brand – Suntory's Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 – for the first time ever, scoring a 97.5 out of 100 in the forthcoming World Whiskey Bible.
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