Think whisky and the misty glens of Scotland come to mind. It is, afterall, Scotland's national drink. But you may need to think again - Japan's Suntory has grabbed the attention of whisky connoisseurs with its Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013, which was named the Best Whisky in the World in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015.
It's not the first gong snared by Suntory Whisky - the business won an International Spirits Challenge gold award in 2003 and picked up several other trophies in the following years.
Inspired by the traditional brewing methods of Scottish whisky, Suntory founder Torri Shinjiro wanted to create a delicate and aromatic whisky specifically for the Japanese palate. He built Japan's first malt whisky distillery, Yamazaki Distillery, in 1923, and subsequently sold the first made-in-Japan single malt whisky.
The unique flavor of Suntory's drink is attributed to Yamazaki's pure spring water and climate.