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Japan takes first place at The Judgement of Glasgow whisky tasting

Japan takes first place at The Judgement of Glasgow whisky tasting

In a surprisingly close victory, Japan has been declared the winner of the first ever ‘Judgement of Glasgow’ whisky tasting competition. This high-stakes event, held in Glasgow, saw some of the finest Scotch drams go head-to-head with their Japanese counterparts in a competition judged by some of the industry’s most respected whisky experts and bartenders.

The tasting, at The Pot Still, saw judges sample a range of drams across five different rounds, with Japanese entries provided by Sexy Fish, renowned for its unrivalled collection of premium Japanese whiskies.

Representing Scotland, the Murphy family-owned Pot Still Bar contributed the best selections the country has to offer. The judging panel was made up of a hand-picked selection of whisky experts including Dave Broom, Dawn Davis, Georgie Bell, Ryan ‘Mr Lyan’ Chetiyawardana and Tristan Stephenson.

The shock 3-2 victory for Japan was announced at a celebratory event at The Gate in Glasgow, attended by many of Scotland’s leading drinks experts, with the results being discussed and debated over drinks late into the night. Sexy Fish then took over the Gate bar for the evening, serving Barley and Hakushu 12yo highballs with Fever-Tree premium soda to delighted guests.

Commenting on the results, Craig Harper of Fever-Tree Drinks, who devised the event and chaired the judging panel, said: “It was extraordinary to bring together such a diverse range of whisky royalty in one room to sample some of the finest whiskies that Scotland and Japan have to offer. To witness the care and attention they gave to each and every pour was to witness true experts in action. Just like the Judgement of Paris in 1976, which signalled the potential changing of the guard between French and American wine, these results show that Japanese whisky can rightly sit alongside Scotch at the highest table.”