Yamazaki Whiskey’s award-winning flavor

When Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015 finalists were announced in November last year, the world was shocked. Not only was the top label a Japanese whisky, none of the whiskies in the top five came from Scotland. In the 12-year history of Murray’s highly regarded whisky guide, neither had happened before. The World Whisky of the Year turned out to be the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013, on which Murray lavished much praise.

So what gives the prize-winning Sherry Cask such incredible flavour? Very simply, it’s Japan itself. In addition to the use of Mizunara oak casks to add an oriental note to the whiskies, the very land it’s made on contributes to superb distilling conditions. “Yamazaki Distillery, nestled on the periphery of Kyoto, is in a misty region where the three rivers Katsura, Uji and Kizu meet,” says a Yamazaki representative. “The diversity in nature and temperature creates damp conditions ideal for ageing whisky.”

Yamazaki Whiskey's award-winning flavor

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