Which country drinks the most Scotch?

France accounts for the biggest volume of exported Scotch whisky importing a massive 85.6 million 700ml bottles of Scotch whisky in the first six months of last year.

Published 25th Mar 2015
Updated 21 st Sep 2023
More Scotch is sold in France in one month than Cognac is sold in a year.
The USA spent almost £328 million on Scotch whisky for the same period, almost £117 million more than the French.
Interestingly, the industry itself is worth £3.3 billion a year to the UK and when indirect jobs are added to the total, it contributes almost £5 billion a year to the UK economy.
Two of the biggest expanding markets are currently Taiwan (not surprising, considering the Taiwanese now hold claim to the best single malt as judged by the 2015 World Whiskies Awards) and India.
The top 10 Scotch whisky importing countries imported a whopping 323 million bottles of Scotch whisky from January to June of 2014 and Scotland now exports whisky to over 200 countries world wide. Incredibly the industry exports almost 40 bottles every second.
So next time you're enjoying a dram just remember that in the 10 seconds or so it takes for you to take a sip, another 400 bottles will have been shipped off to countries around the world.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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