Facts & Figures
01 May 2015
- Exports generated £3.95 billion for the UK balance of
- Exports earned £125 every second.
- 38 bottles were shipped overseas each second.
- 99 million cases (12 70cl bottles at 40%
vol) were exported worldwide.
- Laid end to end they would stretch about 30,000kms -
or about six times the distance between Edinburgh and New
- More than 10,000 are directly employed in the Scotch
Whisky industry - many in economically deprived areas.
- Over 40,000 jobs across the UK are supported by the
- About £1 billion contributed to the Exchequer in taxes.
- Some 20 million casks lie maturing in warehouses in
- To be Scotch Whisky, the spirit must mature in oak casks in
Scotland for at least 3 years.
- 115 distilleries are licensed to produce Scotch Whisky.
Did you know?
- Scotch Whisky accounts for around a quarter of UK food and
- Scotch Whisky is sold in around 200 markets
- Scotch Whisky sells three times its nearest rival whisky.
- Drinkers in the UK often choose to enjoy it with just a little
water, but in Spain they mix it with cola. In Japan Scotch is
enjoyed with lots of water and ice, and in China with cold green
- More Scotch is sold in one month in France than Cognac in a
The above figures relate to Jan-Dec 2014.
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