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Japanese whisky named best in the world

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The Scots are famous for their whiskyYamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 was given the title by the , which is compiled by whisky expert Jim Murray.

He praised the whisky as “near indescribable genius”, with a “nose of exquisite boldness” and a finish of “light, teasing spice”, giving it an impressive 97.5 marks out of 100.This year marks the first time in the book’s 12-year history that a Japanese whisky has landed the title.To add insult to injury, not a single Scotch managed to make the final five shortlist.

The winning whisky comes from Japan’s oldest malt whisky distillery , which was established in 1923.It beat two American rivals, the bourbon and Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old, which took second and third place respectively.Mr Murray said the high quality of Japanese and other international whiskies should be a “wake up call” for the Scottish industry.