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Start stockpiling Japanese whisky (if you’ve got any)

Japan's running out of whisky, which means it could get very valuable

If you happen to own any Japanese whisky, check the labels. A shortage in Japan could mean two types of whisky Hakushu 12-year or Hibiki 17-year become super, super valuable.

What it means: Japan is very good at making whisky, but in whisky terms, it's a pretty new entry to the market. Whisky lovers worldwide want to get their hands on it, and there isn't enough to go round.

According to the company which makes those two types of whisky, demand is outstripping supply. That means distillers can't make enough whisky to fulfil all the orders from all around the world. They're taking them off the market to allow the distillers to catch up.

The whisky shortage is made worse by the fact it takes so bloody long to make – the clue's in the name of those two bottles, they've been sat in a barrel for 12 and 17 years respectively. The people who started making those bottles nearly two decades ago, would've had to predict just how popular it was going to be to make sure they made enough.

That's part of the reason why whisky has a monetary value other than just how delicious it is. It's a bit like wine, people buy and sell it, often with no intention of ever actually drinking it, in the way they buy and sell shares in companies, because they're betting on the fact it'll be valuable some day.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

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