Did you know that Japan is having a shortage of whiskey? As a result, whiskeys from the country’s two largest producers, Suntory and Nikka, are being discontinued for import. How did it happen? Simple: demand just got ahead of supply. Whiskey lovers around the world, but particularly here in the U.S. where whiskey has a massive foothold, are constantly in search of any extra little distinction (within reason) that can be added to the fairly strict process of distilling whiskey. So no wonder, Japanese whiskey attracted attention, with their small regard for the American trend of going backwards to pot stills and cask strength aging to retain mash and instead concentrating on other ways to distill and capture mash flavors in modern column stills. The result has been whiskeys that are still very serious whiskeys but with distinctive characteristics.
Read here in Liquor.com for more detailed information about the Japanese whiskey shortage.