Scotch Whisky Exports Review 2015

17 May 2016


The following commentary and analysis is based on publicly available data published by HMRC via the HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics database. The review provides an analysis of the annual export statistics for Scotch Whisky, with commentary from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) on the trade flows of different Scotch Whisky categories to different regions and, to some extent, individual countries.
While HMRC provides information on seven different commodity codes, for the purposes of this document, and in order to simplify the analysis, an aggregation of categories has been calculated in order to provide an overview for:

  • Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Blended Bottled Scotch Whisky*
  • Bulk Scotch Whisky**

Volume and value data using Google Maps is available via the following link

Note: volume figures are recorded with HMRC in terms of litres of pure alcohol (LPA). Export figures are often also quoted in number of 9-litre cases (9LCs) and sometimes in bottles of 70cl.  They may be converted approximately as follows: 1,000 bottles = 83 cases (12 bottles to a case) = 280 LPA

*aggregating 'bottled blended malt', 'bottled blended' and 'bottled single/blended grain' 
** combining 'bulk blended malt' and bulk s ingle/blended grain'