Media December 2014

Whisky accolade a first for Japan

A single malt from Suntory Holdings Limited has become the first Japanese whisky to be named best in the world, The Guardian reported on 4 November.

Aged in Japan’s oldest distillery—founded by Scots-trained Masataka Taketsuru, who read organic chemistry in Glasgow to learn the art of whisky-making—Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 was depicted as “near indescribable genius” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015.

This year marks the first time not a single Scottish whisky has been listed in the top five of the expert’s respected guide. The prize for best European whisky went to Chapter 14, from the English Whisky Co. Ltd.