Distilling in Scotland

According to HMRC, there are 149 distilleries operating in Scotland, accounting for almost half of all distilleries in the UK. The combined value of whisky and gin exports from the UK exceeded £4.9bn in 2017.

In gin, UK exports peaked at £530m for the first time in 2017. Scottish gin has built a reputation for quality and gin made in Scotland accounts for 70% of UK consumption.

Over a third of Scotland’s 149 distilleries are now producing gin and the number of Scottish gin brands is believed to have climbed to around 140

The Scottish Distillers Association promotes the range of authentic high-quality Scottish spirits covering a product range including whisky, gin, rum and vodka, even absinthe!


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