Normally when you think of the best whiskey in the world, you immediately think of Scotland. But it looks like Japan has just entered the whiskey conversation in a very big way. 

The world-renowned Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015 named Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 the top whiskey in the world with a score of 97.5 out of 100. Murray describes the whiskey as “near indescribable genius” with a “light, teasing spice."

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In the 12-year history of the Whiskey Bible, Japan has never had a whiskey that was named the title winner. In an even bigger surprise, Scotland did not have a whiskey that even finished in the top five finalists.