This is a great step forward in the world of Japanese whisky, the Association of Spirits & Liquors Producers of Japan (Japan Spirits & Liquors Makers Association) has just officially announced the creation of a set of specifications aimed at clarifying the standards for the use of the "Japanese Whisky" label.
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After Nikka and the complete stop of the production of Yoichi and Miyagikyo's old ranges, it is today Suntory's turn to announce the slowing down of the production of the single malt Hakushu 12 years old and the famous blend Hibiki 17 years old, but not their disappearance ...
Yoichi 10, 12, 15 and 20 year old, is this over ? Aged versions of the famous Nikka's peated single malt should formally disappear, and will be the first victims of the old Japanese whiskies stocks depletion.
What's going on in Japan ? Since a few weeks, a breath of panic is blowing on the Japanese whisky industry... And as surprising as it may seem, it might be starting by a TV show named Massan broadcasted on NHK which forced Japanese producers to tighten the taps faster than expected to try to avoid a brutal worldwide break of their stocks...
The Japanese group Suntory, one of the biggest brand of Japanese whisky, known to be the owner Yamazaki, the historic first whisky distillery in Japan, has announced the future acquisition of U.S. spirits group Beam for 16 billion dollars (including Beam group's debt).