London: A 21-year-old single malt whisky distilled in one of the most remote places in Scotland has won the coveted title of "World Whisky of the Year".

The title has been mentioned in the 2012 edition of writer Jim Murray's guidebook "Whisky Bible".

Murray said that during his search for the top-ranked whisky, conducted 1,200 tastes and "many more retastes" over four months.

"The Pulteney distillery in Wick, Caithness, scored a record-equalling 97.5 points out of 100 for its 21-year-old Old Pulteney single malt. It is only the third time that a single malt has ever won the prestigious award, and just the second Scottish distillery to do so," Murray said in a statement on his Whisky Bible website.

He said he was surprised to find the winner came from "the most northerly distillery on mainland Britain and one of the most remote in all Scotland".

(Agencies)