After sitting on the top shelf for some time, the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 has been named the best whisky in the world.

Given this year’s title by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, CNN traveled to Japanese brand’s distillery to find out how its been able to take the throne usually held by Scottish malts for years. The Bible referred to the spirit as “near indescribable genius.” This year, Scotch didn’t even make the top three.