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Suntory’s Yamazaki named world’s best whiskey by British whisky guide

Suntory’s Yamazaki named world’s best whiskey
by British whisky guide

 Suntory’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 (*photo) has been named the best whisky in the world by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015, a prestigious British whisky guide. This is the first time that a Japanese whisky has won the top prize since the guide was first published in 2003.
 The guide gave the whisky 97.5 points out of 100, commenting that “It is so masterly and almost impossible to express its excellence” and “Its aroma is elegant and bold.”
 The guide for the first time did not include whiskies produced in Scotland, the home of whisky, in its top five. The top whiskies are mostly American bourbons: William Laue Waller 2013 in second place, Sazerac Rye 18yo 2013 in third, and Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition #3–4p in fourth.
 Suntory Holdings Limited stated, “We take this result seriously as confirmation that the value of high quality of our company’s unprocessed malt whisky, various types of distilling methods of unprocessed whisky, and skilled blending techniques, have been rightly recognized.” Suntory had shipped 3,000Yamazaki bottles solely to Europe, which sold out by the end of 2013.
 The distillery where Yamazaki is produced, in Shimamoto-cho, Osaka Prefecture, was constructed starting in 1923 by Shinjiro Torii, Suntory’s founder, and started selling Japan’s first genuine whisky in 1929. The first chief of the distillery was Masataka Taketsuru who learned whisky brewing in Scotland.

 
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Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013
 
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