《Wines of the World》Yamazaki’s Path to Success

Japanese whisky has become very popular in recent years and is sought after by almost all whisky enthusiasts, but this only applies to a few very well-known brands, while the other brands continue to receive limited attention.

Everything began at the end of 2014, when The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky Sherry Cask 2013 produced by Yamazaki Distillery received a raving review and was awarded 2015 World Whiskey of the Year in Whisky Bible 2015, written by Jim Murray.

This win by a Japanese whiskey broke the long-held record of Scotch whiskey and surprised many whisky enthusiasts.

Since then, whisky enthusiasts from all over the world became hugely curious about this brand from Far East, and wanted to know how it is different from traditional Scotch or American whiskey, sparking a buying craze around the globe.

Since The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky Sherry Cask 2013 is an annual limited edition, with only 18000 bottles available, so it is can hard to come by; therefore, people began to snatch up whiskies that are associated with the distillery or produced by its sister company.

Some people thought that the price of Yamazaki whiskies would go up because of the award, but it seems to be a baseless claim.

The author of the Whiskey Bible, Jim Murray, is the authority on whisky appreciation, his status is equal to that of the wine critic Robert Parker, and he has his own publication. Since 2003, he has annually published an edition of Whisky Bible, using the perspective of the first person to review whiskies based on their aroma, taste, finish and balance. Of course, his review is subjective, but objectively speaking, he is responsible for rising the status of Japanese whiskey from a small-timer to mainstream.

In fact, there is only a limited number of whisky distilleries in Japan. Next time, I will talk about the characteristics of Japanese whisky and a few of the major distilleries and brands.

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