The new 2015 World Whisky Bible featured two major firsts: A Japanese whisky finally took the top spot while, possibly more surprising, not a single Scottish spirit finished in the top five.
For a dozen years, whiskey writer Jim Murray has published his annual Whisky Bible. This year, he and his team considered more than 4,500 whiskeys and when the dust cleared Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 topped the list. It’s the first time a Japanese brand has received Murray’s top accolade, but Yamazaki certainly isn’t a fresh face: Established in 1923, its Japan’s oldest malt whisky distillery.
Scotland, on the other hand—possibly the world’s most famous producer of whisky—didn’t land a Scotch anywhere in the top five. It was another first for the Bible, and happened despite Scotland’s Glenmorangie Ealanta taking top honors just last year.