I have a deep appreciation for Single Malt Japanese Whiskies. I used to be able to purchase them quite frequently around 10 years ago, but nowadays, it has become increasingly difficult, and at times even impossible, to find them.
The combination of limited availability and rising prices has made acquiring these whiskies quite challenging. I recently heard from a bar owner that even if they attempt to order them, there is a significant lead time and the prices are exorbitant.
For instance, the price of Yamazaki 12-year-old whisky has skyrocketed to approximately $200, whereas in the past, I used to purchase it for around $60-80. As for Yamazaki 18-year-old, I was fortunate enough to have bought it several times in the past for about $200, but it has now become completely unavailable, and if it were to be found, it would be far beyond my means.
The same unfortunate situation applies to other esteemed brands such as Hakushu (白州) and TakeTsuru (竹鶴).
Oddly enough, I can still manage to acquire Scotch whiskies. Although they have become slightly pricier compared to several years ago, they are still accessible. Just yesterday, I ordered Talisker from Amazon and it was promptly delivered to me on the same day. I can’t complain about Scotch whiskies, as they are undoubtedly exceptional, but I do long for the opportunity to enjoy Japanese whiskies once in a while.