My father hails from Scotland, where drinking is an art form. He was saddened by this bit of news from Japan:
A Japanese single malt whisky was named the world’s best for the first time by a prestigious guide released Monday, which failed to place a Scotch in its top ranking.
The Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 was described as “thick, dry, as rounded as a snooker ball” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, which awarded it a record-equalling 97.5 points out of 100.
Hence the sadness. How did this happen?
Whisky has been made commercially in Japan since the 1920s after a Japanese student who studied in Glasgow, Masataka Taketsuru, moved home with his Scottish wife and helped start the Yamazaki distillery near Kyoto.
What about the great U.S. makers?
Yamazaki’s maker, Japan’s Suntory Holdings, bought the US maker of Jim Beam bourbon for nearly $16 billion earlier this year.
My father is in mourning and you know what the Scots do when they mourn?