Figures recently released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicate that there has been a 22% increase in the value of whiskey exports to the United States in the first six months of 2017.
The total value of exports to America for the period is understood to have reached €157m as a result of the increase. Whiskey exports to Canada also increased by 31% in the first six months of the year.
Overall whiskey exports to all markets increased by 18.5%, and were valued at €256m for all of 2017 so far.
William Lavelle, head of the Irish Whiskey Association, said in a statement: “The latest growth figure confirms Irish whiskey as the world’s fastest growing spirits category and puts the Irish whiskey industry well on-target to reach our goal of doubling sales to 12m nine litre cases, or 144m bottles, by 2020.”
Exports exceeded 8m cases in 2016, meaning that overall the sales of Irish whiskey in 2016 broke the 100m bottle barrier for the first time.