Chinese Demand for Top Scotch Is Causing Global Whisky Shortage

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China's taste for good Scotch is causing a global shortage at the top end of the market, 12-year-old and older malt whiskies. So much whisky is being exported that distilling companies in Scotland have been forced to to ration supplies.

Worldwide sales of all whiskies in 2007 totaled 495 million liters. The rise in popularity of malt continued in 2008, with a 5% increase in worldwide sales and higher growth in China where sales are booming.
Source: The Times

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