One of the pleasures of having a Japanese meal is the accompanying drinks, and Japanese whisky are some of the best in the world. Which is why Japanese whisky fans have been in a tizzy over an announcement by maker Suntory Holdings Ltd. that they will be halting sales on two of their most popular brands: the single-malt whisky “Hakushu 12 Years Old” and the blended whisky “Hibiki 17 Years Old”.

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They have not revealed if and when they will start selling the brands again in the future.

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As Japan’s first whisky maker, Suntory is unable to keep with with demand for their liquor both domestically and internationally. Whisky enthusiasts who use to scoff at the idea of a quality whisky not made in Scotland, have seen been buying up the bottles in droves — especially after Japan beat Scotland in recent whisky blind taste tests.