Japanese WhiskyDecades ago, both local and international interest in Japanese whisky was low, so few barrels were being laid down for extended maturation. Recent awards led to greater recognition and a massive under-supply. Nowadays, unless you visit bars or auction houses, there's usually no older stocks to sell. Global demand has been further accelerated by a collector rush, sending prices skyrocketing. Unprepared, many Japanese distilleries have discontinued their age statements, consolidating them into NAS bottlings which include younger whiskies. The dropping of age statements doesn't always translate into inferior quality. In fact, the country's best blenders have risen to the challenge of creating a great assemblage from a restricted inventory.