Exports of blended whisky
grew too, rising 7.5% to an export valuation of PS1.35bn.
This blended whisky
was distilled to plug the gap between demand for Suntory's exceptional whisky and its ability to make the stuff.
This is in addition to the blended whisky
brands Whyte and Mackay and Shackleton.
Most blended whisky
is 70 percent grain and 30 percent malt.
Aldi's Highland Black Scotch Whisky beat Chivas Brothers' Ballantine's 12 Year Old blended whisky
, which retails at nearly three times the price.
offers worldwide delivery on an extensive range of Japanese single malt whisky, Japanese grain whisky and Japanese blended whisky
, in addition to Scottish whisky released for the Japanese market only.
Kenny Hyslop, head of experiential marketing for Pernod Ricard, which owns the brand, said: "Blended whisky
in the UK has had quite a bad name but when we explain to consumers the quality and the craftsmanship that goes into it, people become fans and advocates.
The distillery opened in 2014, and has since sold more than 160,000 bottles of gin, vodka and blended whisky
. Its success has led to it being named as one of the world's top five new distilleries by Time Out USA.
Andy Simpson, the company's co-founder, organised a test and found the high-end grog bottle was filled with a blended whisky
, probably distilled between 1970 and 1972 - about a century from the dram of history Zhang Wei thought he had purchased.
The Simferopol distillery also make a product called Black Jack, said to imitate US whiskey Jack Daniels, and have registered another trademark, White Hopes, allegedly designed to compete with Diageo's cheap export blended whisky
AS an appetiser for the first Birmingham Whisky Festival next weekend, The Whisky Lounge founder and 'water of life' evangelist Eddie Ludlow showed it's not just about the malts, as good blended whisky
is definitely worth a nose.