Not one Scotch or Irish dram made it into the top five in this year's World Whisky Bible

The Scots are famous for their whisky so we might forgive them crying into a wee dram tonight after a Japanese malt was named the best in the world. Ouch. 


Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 (which costs around £100) took the top spot in the World Whisky Bible after being awarded an impressive 97.5 marks out of 100.


Whisky expert Jim Murray hailed the tipple as of “near indescribable genius” and with a “nose of exquisite boldness.”


While this is the first time in 12 years that Japan has topped the whisky table, it was also the first time that a Scottish malt failed to make it into the top five drams.


Murray, who oversaw the review of over 4,500 whiskies, said it was a “wake up call” for Scottish distilleries, calling the winner “a single malt which no Scotch can, at the moment, get anywhere near.” Double ouch. 


And the news didn’t get much better for Scots as "Chapter 14 Not Peated" from the English Whisky Company was awarded the best European whisky. 


Surprised by the results? Take a look at these unexpected producers of our favourite food and drinks …

What: sparkling wine
Where: England
We say:  once the butt of many a cruel joke, poor old English wine has left its image crisis behind and has been winning numerous awards. The warmer weather and focus on quality has led to its success.

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Sparkling wine

NlmAdestiny / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: Nima0021

What: Feta
Where: Yorkshire
We say: although the European Union granted Greece exclusive rights to produce feta in 2005, you can also find the crumbly, salty stuff being made in Yorkshire

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Rebecca Siegel / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: grongar

What: salami
Where: Wales
We say: Parma ham and salami may be synonymous with Italy, but charcuterie producers in Wales have been causing quite a stir

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Didriks / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: Didriks

What: quinoa
Where: Shropshire
We say: we all know that this ancient Andean grain grown in South American is trendy, but did you know that it’s grown in this country too? Now you do. 

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Via: Dan Jones / Sainsbury's

What: mozzarella
Where: Hampshire
We say: Laverstoke Park Farm is home to over 1,000 water buffalos and sells buffalo milk ice cream and mozzarella. 

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Via: Homemade

What:  champagne
Where:  China
We say: it has gained protected status in China and Moet has a vineyard there, need we say more? 

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L.C. Nottaasen / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: magnera

Wherever it's from, whisky works wonderfully in this ginger truffles recipe and boozy pineapple pud