The history of Japanese whisky is a relatively young one, alcohol plays a much lower social role than in Europe and North America. But with globalization in the late 19th century, the Japanese came to taste whisky. Wealthy citizens first imported it, founded their own distilleries shortly thereafter (1923), and the foundation stone for one of the largest spirits companies, "Suntory", was laid. Japanese whisky did not make its great development until after the Second World War, when independent production methods and special taste creations emerged.
The production process hardly differs from the Scottish variant and is constantly being perfected.
Today Japan is number two after the USA in whisky production. The Japanese single malts are in great demand in their own country and are now increasingly coming to Europe. There is already a large fan community who prefer Japanese whisky to Scottish models.
*regular prices = former selling prices