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Whisk(e)y - Ireland versus Scotland - The Facts

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Last weekend, Scotland travelled to Dublin to face Ireland in the Six Nations rugby union tournament. Ireland emerged victorious, beating their Celtic neighbours 28-8. Prior to the game, the Irish Spirits Association hosted its Scotch whisky counterpart, the SWA, in Dublin for the trade bodies' annual bilateral meeting.

In recognition of both the match and the meeting, here's a comparative look at the Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey categories in 2017.

Irish whiskey versus Scotch whisky

  IrelandScotland
Number of distilleries 18 in production, 18 in planning118
Number of markets135200
Estimated number of bottles sold in 2017120m1.2bn
Year-on-year volumes growth+11.7%+1.6%
Exports by value in 2017EUR600m (US$739.3m) - Rep of Ireland onlyEUR4.3bn
Year-on-year value growth+20% - Rep of Ireland only+8.9%
Visitor centre figures in 2017814,0001.7m

Source: Irish Spirits Association

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Sectors: Spirits

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