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Scottish Distillers Likely To Keep One Eye On Irish Whiskey Growth As Brexit Nears: Analysis

By Steve Wynne-Jones
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Scottish Distillers Likely To Keep One Eye On Irish Whiskey Growth As Brexit Nears: Analysis

Scotch whisky has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years, with single-malt exports breaking the £1 billion barrier last year, and new distilleries coming on line.

For example, last October, Diageo announced that it was planning to reopen the distilleries of Brora and Port Ellen, "to delight and inspire new generations of Scotch lovers around the world".

While Scotch's momentum is largely positive, the spectre of Brexit, coupled with the UK government's tax legislation, is threatening to derail the industry somewhat, leaving the door open for other producer nations, chiefly Ireland, to steal its thunder.

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