This years prize for the best Whiskey in the world has been won by a relative outsider Yamazaki, produced by the renowned Suntory Company in Japan.
Although in previous years this prize has almost been a forgone conclusion with Scotch being a perennial favourite winner it is in the bag for Japan this year.
Suntory was a relative unknown outside the Whisky world until earlier this year when they purchased American brands Jim Beam, Makers Mark and Canadian Club in a deal that surprised experts.
The line that won the prize for them was the Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013, which was produced in only 18,000 bottles and retails for around £100. For those wishing to venture into the Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky range the bottles start at a more affordable £39.