2 months ago
Japan is facing a whisky shortage, according to a story in Kotaku. The company Suntory announced yesterday that its Hakushu 12-year-old and its Hibiki 17-year-old will soon no longer be available for sale.
These two whisky bottlings are the latest in a trend of Japanese whisky-sellers having to take their product off shelves due to lack of supply. The trend is many years in the making. In the early and mid-2000s, whisky was not selling particularly well in Japan, leading whisky-makers to slow their production.
Japenese whisky, of course, needs time to mature, thus the production cuts of 10-15 years ago are rearing their ugly head in 2018 as demand is much higher. A 2014 spike in popularity due to a TV show about Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky, also helped deplete sellers’ current reserves. The shortage, unfortunately, may only get worse.Read the full story at Kotaku