Irish whiskey has seen volumes surge over the past decade

Irish whiskey has seen volumes surge over the past decade

New IWSR figures have highlighted the past decade's soar-away spirits growth in the US, with Bourbon adding 56% in volumes and Irish whiskey jumping by 409%.

Overall, US spirits volumes surged 29% to 221.6m nine-litre cases between 2005 and 2015, according to the IWSR's 2016 US Beverage Alcohol Review. However, the period has seen "unprecedented growth" for some categories.

As well as the volumes boost for Bourbon and Irish whiskey, which last year shifted 14.8m cases and 3.1m cases respectively, vodka increased by 52.8% to 71.3m cases and Tequila by 64.8% to 15.2m cases in the past ten years.

Meanwhile, mezcal grew 279% to reach 110,000 nine-litre cases.

The IWSR figures showed US spirits' strong growth continued in 2015. Total US whiskey climbed by 4.6% in the year while Canadian whisky volumes grew by 9.8% to end 2015 with a total of 21.6m nine-litre cases. Scotch whisky volumes edged up by 0.3% to 8.2m nine-litre cases and a 3.7% share of the overall spirits industry. 

Losers included gin, which declined by 1.7%, or 167,000 nine-litre cases, to 9.9m nine-litre cases. Vodka grew volumes by 1% in the year. 
Yesterday, US trade organisation the Distilled Spirits Council said it is "disappointed" with the UK's decision to leave the EU

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