Japanese whisky is world’s best; where are the Scots?


Jim Murray — he of the very (very) descriptive tasting notes and considered one of the world’s leading authorities on whisky — has revealed that his best whisky in the world this year is one from Japan: the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013.

This is the first time Murray has named a Japanese whisky as the world’s best. But tellingly, it is also the first time that no whisky from Scotland — you know, Scotch — has placed in his top five whiskies.

Worse still for the Scots, they didn’t take out the best European whisky category. That honour went to an English whisky, called English Whisky Company’s Chapter 14 Not Peated.

The results are featured in Murray’s World Whisky Bible 2015, and have been reported in the Daily Mail in the UK which received an advance copy of the book.


What do you think? Is it that the rest of the world has caught up with Scotland, or are the Scots falling behind?


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