Japanese Whisky Takes First Place, Scotch Fails to Show

Jim Murray has named a Japanese whisky as the World Whisky of the Year in the 2015 edition of the Whisky Bible. Yamasaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 takes top prize in the annual award. This is a trend that’s continuing in the whisky world. From the Whisky Intelligence:

The stunning and unprecedented victory should come as a “wake-up call” for Scotch distilling giants, says the famously straight-talking expert. Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 notches a record-equalling 97.5 marks out of 100 in the planet’s most authoritative whisky guide, which hails it as “near indescribable genius”. Murray praises the dram’s “nose of exquisite boldness” and finish of “light, teasing spice”.

Scotch whisky has failed to make the top five list. William Larue Weller and Sazerac Rye 18 took second and third spot.

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