Obscure Scottish Whisky Named Best in the World

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It took whisky expert Jim Murray four months of nonstop tasting to try the 1,200 whiskies for his 2012 Whisky Bible. But hard work pays off.

Murray persevered and eventually found the one to be crowned the best whisky out there. The winner is the single-malt Old Pulteney whisky produced in the hinterlands of northern Scotland at the Pulteney distillery.

The dram, aged 21 years, scored 97.5 out of 100 points, matching the highest score ever achieved in Murray’s ratings. It sells for $120 a bottle.

Even though Scotland is known as the home of whisky, this is only the second time a Scottish distillery has won. The second and third place finishers are both American bourbons. (via AFP)

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