Scotch Whisky output in the month of June has set a new record, according to recent figures. The UK National Statistics office said late last week that output of distilled potable alcoholic beverages, primarily whisky, between May and June leapt by 7.3%, beating the previous record in February 2003.

The index for distilled potable alcoholic beverages rose from 117.2 in May to 125.8 in June - beating the 119.7 in February 2003 and making it the highest since National Statistics began collecting figures in 1978. The figure is calculated by looking at the turnover of drinks companies based on the amounts for which their customers are being invoiced.

Speaking to The Herald, a spokesman for National Statistics said that the jump in the value of whisky production was even more impressive given official figures showed export prices in the distilled potable alcoholic beverages category had fallen by around 5.4% in the last six months.