The Japanese whiskey Yamazaki has been declared as the best in the world, writes the Daily Mail. The British paper states that the Japanese drink being chosen as the best is quite likely very humiliating for the Scottish.
It even turns out that not one Scottish whiskey managed to get into Jim Murray's Whisky Bible - he described the winner, the Single Malt Cherry Cask 2013, as a true work of art, just a small step away from being called genius.
The Whisky Bible comes out for the 10th year in a row - this is a guide containing over 4500 types of bourbon, whiskey and other drinks, which are graded on a 100-point scale by Jim Murray.
The guide is published in pocket form, costing $20 or £13 in the United Kingdom. It can't be found on the Internet. The grades published in the guide are then quoted by all kinds of sites, other guides and blogs.
This is the reason why Murray sows genuine fear in alcohol producers. All of the comments he makes are specific - there are many cases where Murray gives a higher grade to a cheaper whiskey when compared to a more expensive and luxury brand.
Murray's grades are a guide to the whiskey market, which is filled with thousands of manufacturers and brands that constantly release new varieties of their drinks. Jim Murray has worked for 13 years in English newspapers, where he also wrote on this subject.
Then he decided to dedicate himself fully to whiskey and began writing the guide.
Murray grades whiskey based on 4 criteria - aroma, taste, aftertaste and balance of the drink. For each of these criteria, Murray gives a grade up to a maximum of 25, then he adds them up and gets the final grade of the whiskey.
Yamazaki is a whiskey distillery dating back to 1922 - this makes it the oldest in Japan. Murray has given their drink a whole 97.5 points, saying that it has a bold taste and describing the aftertaste as light with a mocking spice.
Murray also writes that this year's results and the level that Japanese whiskey has reached should worry the Scottish to a certain degree. According to him, there is a noticeable advancement in foreign drinks.See more