The UK is sending less scotch abroad, to the tune of about 7%, according to the Scotch Whisky Association, a British trade group of distillers.
Exports to the United States, specifically, have fallen by a similar amount. It’s a stark drop after a big spike a couple years ago. The US is the second-largest destination for scotch, behind France, and an increasing thirst for bourbon might be a big reason for the fall. Scotch hasn’t been flying off the shelves at American stores as quickly as it used to, as US whiskey brands like Jack Daniels and Bulleit gain popularity.