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Suntory to shut taps on popular whisky brands as stocks run low

Sales of Hakushu 12 Year and Hibiki 17 Year to be suspended

Suntory has added stills at its Hakushu distillery in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, but it is struggling to keep pace with demand.

TOKYO -- Suntory Spirits, a unit of Suntory Holdings, will suspend sales of its mainstay Hakushu 12 Years and Hibiki 17 Years whisky brands distilled in Japan, starting in June.

Demand for whisky has exceeded forecasts from more than decade ago, when the spirits were distilled, causing stocks to run low. Suntory will restart sales once a dose of new capital spending lifts its production capacity.

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