Sales of aged Taketsuru whiskeys to end in March due to shortage of unblended whiskey

18-Jan-2020 Intellasia | JapanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. has announced it will stop selling three aged whiskeys under its main brand Taketsuru Pure Malt at the end of March.

The subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd made the decision due to a shortage of unblended whiskeys. Sales of Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Years Old, 21 Years Old and 25 Years Old will be discontinued. The company has already stopped selling aged whiskeys from other labels, including Yoichi Single Malt.

Taketsuru Pure Malt, named after the company’s founder Masataka Taketsuru, is made from unblended whiskeys produced at Yoichi Distillery in Hokkaido and Miyagikyo Distillery in Sendai.

(Japan News)

(Japan News)

The popularity of Japanese whiskey is growing not only in Japan but also in Europe. The company cannot supply enough of its products due to the shortage of unblended whiskeys, which need to be matured for a long time.

Suntory Holdings Ltd also halted sales of its whiskey products Hakushu 12 Years and Hibiki 17 Years in 2018 due to a shortage of unblended whiskeys.

Nikka plans to spend about JPY 6.5 billion to increase the production capability at its distilleries to cope with the shortage.


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