World Whiskey of the Year

Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013

“There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.” – Raymond Chandler

Few things are as Scottish as whiskey. But a leading whiskey critic may have just dealt a major blow to Scotland’s identity.

From the cover of “Whiskey Bible 2015,” whiskey connoisseur Jim Murray gazes over a snifter with a smile playing on his lips and a fedora shading one eye.

In his annual guide to more than 4,500 whiskeys released Monday, he ranked a Japanese single malt as No. 1.

Murray awarded “World Whiskey of the Year” to the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013, giving it a score of 97.5 out of 100. He described it as a drink of “near incredible genius” with a taste “thick, dry, as rounded as a snooker ball.” In the book, Murray touts its “nose of exquisite boldness and finish of ‘light, teasing spice.’”