The Japanese can now claim to make the best whiskey in the world. If you haven't had Japanese whisky it is very much like Scotch, though more Highland than Islay. If there is any interest, I can try to get a bottle the next time I or someone from work goes to/from Japan.
Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 was awarded the title by the 2015 Whisky Bible, scoring 97.5/100.
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