Japan has a pretty long history of producing good Scotch and other Whisky but it was mostly kept for in country consumption. Sometime about 10yrs ago is when I first started hearing about it. About that same time the Japanese Whiskys started getting lots of praise including multiple "Whisky of the year" awards. Once the word got out, the prices shot up and the buying frenzy was on. A bottle of Yamazaki 55yr old sold for almost $800,000 in 2020.That's good stuff. It was recommended to me by a guy who is so serious about scotch that he goes to auctions for it. I got to come along, and they give free samples! Not of everything, of course. The main thing I learned is that Japanese scotch competes at the top price levels in these auctions. Did not expect that.