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Utah’s Top Liquors

While wine is considered to be the most popular drink of choice in Utah, the top-selling branded alcoholic products are actually Barton vodka, and Jack Daniels’ Black Label whisky.

Barton Vodka has the most units sold in the overall alcoholic beverages category. They’ve sold around 666,572 bottles from September 2014 to September 2015, says the data collected by the Utah Department Alcoholic Beverage Control. Their sales went up to $4.9 million this year.

Mixed Drinks on Restaurants

Vickie Ashby, the state spokeswoman, said that Barton vodka is often bought by restaurants to create a cocktail or mix drink, as well as drink specials. According to her, “Bartons is the cheapest”.

Popular Drinks According to Sales

The Taaka vodka placed second for having 363,092 bottles sold. While Fireball Cinnamon whiskey and Smirnoff vodka placed 3rd and 4th, respectively. Jack Daniels’ Black Label, on the other hand, made it to the 5th spot having over 200,000 bottles sold.

Jack Daniels as Top Earner

Black Label is also the overall top dollar earner in the state, having $6.1 million in sales with 234,097 sold last year. Meanwhile, Crown Royal whisky placed second, and Barton vodka came in third. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and Jagermeister sold over $4 million in sales, joining the top 5 alcohol sales in Utah.

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The Top Selling Liquor in Utah. By fox13now.com

Wine Statistics

Utah, the wine-loving state opts for the white varieties. This includes the top dollar earner Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve chardonnay which sold 55,029 bottles in total, having a net sale of $902,000. Vendange chardonnay, on the other hand, has the most units sold with 70,565 bottles, having $221,000 in net sales. Although it was reported last year that over 8.2 million gallons were consumed by the residents last year, the lower wine product numbers this year are due to the wide variety of brands and variants sold, according to Asshby.

Beer Statistics

In terms of beer, Icehouse is the top-selling brand as it sold about 1 million units; having net sales of $1 million. Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA, on the other hand, sold the most in cash sales with net sales of $1.6 million, selling a total of 872,859 bottles.

Squatters are based in Salt Lake City. It is among the craft breweries that had helped raise the beer sales in the state by 9 percent this year — considered to be the “biggest” jump in 5 years.

Note, however, that the numbers don’t include those that are sold in grocery stores that contain less than 4% (based on the law of the state). Utah doesn’t actually keep track of those sales.

According to Jim Olsen, Utah Beer Wholesalers Association’s president, although Icehouse is still popular, the generation of millennial beer drinkers want a variety of tastes and flavors.

Utah’s Liquor Sales

Utah is among the states in the country that is run by liquor sales. In fiscal 2015, the state had $396 million in total sales of liquor, marking an 8% increase from 2014; it is also more than double from 10 years ago. According to data available, liquor sales have increased since 1996.

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First Ever Canadian Whisky to Win the Whisky of the Year Award

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Jim Murray, the renowned whisky writer, awarded Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye as the 2016 World Whisky of the Year — the first time in history for a Canadian Whisky to receive an honor. Canadian and Rye whisky has been increasingly popular among whisky aficionados and consumers lately.

“Crown Royal Northern Harvest pops up out of nowhere and changes the game. It certainly puts the rye into Canadian Rye. To say this is a masterpiece is barely doing it justice,” says Murray as he awarded them, with a record of 97.5 out of 100 points.

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From Purple Felt Drawstring Bags to 2016 World Whisky of the Year. Photo courtesy: gearpatrol.com

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye was only released in the US early this year. It features the distinct Canadian rye whisky that consumers loved throughout the years. This latest variant is the first ever blended variant with 90% rye whisky. It gives out a smooth and spicy flavor which can be blended with rye cocktails. You can also have it neat or on the rocks, depending on your preference.

“Crown Royal Northern harvest Rye showcases the rye whiskey that has been such an integral component of the Crown Royal Deluxe blend since 1939. This is a testament to the unbelievable blending and distilling that’s been taking place in Gimli for over 75 years. We are thrilled that Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye has been named World Whisky of the Year!” says the Vice President of Crown Royal, Yvonne Briese.

The recognition from the whisky community comes after they’ve launched their new campaign entitled “The One Made for a King”. This campaign was created to share the 75-year-old brand’s history, as well as its credentials with some of its consumers. It will come out in digital and social, as well as print and TV.

Aside from the 2016 World Whisky of the Year award, the Crown Royal Northern Harvest was also awarded with a double gold medal during the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This new variant is part of Crown Royal’s wide portfolio of variants that whisky drinkers would love to enjoy; this includes the Crown Royal Regal Apple. The Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel was also a recipient of a double gold recognition and a winner of the “Best Canadian Whisky” award during last year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

As Crown Royal raises a glass in celebration winning an award for their Northern Harvest Rye, they are still keen on reminding their consumers to drink responsibly.

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Scotch Industry Booms in US

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According to recent studies, the exports of single malt Whisky to the US has increased by 60% from 2004 to 2014.

Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Food and Drink, met with the President of Distilled Spirits Council of the US, Dr. Peter Cressy, the members of the council, representatives from each Scotch Whisky companies, as well as the retailers to celebrate the success of the Scotch industry and promote quality products.

Mr. Lochhead says that the USA has been the biggest market for whisky exports and these have been proven by research. He notes that Americans clearly have great taste in alcohol and that they know how to appreciate the finer things in life.

“America is a key, and important, growth market for a range of our products and it’s great to see that our whisky exports are going from strength to strength,” says the cabinet secretary. “Scotch whisky is so popular that we export a bottle a bottle every 40 seconds and I’ve definitely been impressed by the enthusiasm for our fine malts in the US.”

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Johnie Walker Whiskey. Image: www.dutyfreeaddict.com

The Red Label Whisky

The Red Label is the pioneer blend of the Johnnie Walker scotch; it was the first one to be introduced around the world.

Who doesn’t love whisky and limited edition alcohol? Diageo PLC with Global Trading Concern, their official distributor, launched a limited edition of Johnnie Walker Red Label in a one-liter bottle.

The limited edition bottle showcases the bold taste and flavors of the Red Label. Its bold liquid is featured with the use of red-colored bottle that will surely standout on the shelves. Aside from that, it is also used to signify good luck, celebrations, strength, and brave decisions.

Drinking a Whisky

Since whiskies are popular today, more and more people are getting on board with drinking it at the bar. If you are one of them, then you know how important it is to drink like a pro especially when you are in public.

According to David Miles, Maxxium UK’s Mixxit Manager, “The most fundamental rule of whisky drinking is drink your whisky any damn way you want to. Do not be bullied by people who say everything has to be a certain way.”

Another important thing is to know the casks where the whisky is aged in. There are two types of casks; bourbon and sherry. And the difference between the two isn’t just seen in the obvious, but it can be tasted. Bourbon has a vanilla feel with hints of tropical fruit in it. Meanwhile, sherry has fruity, nutty notes. What you order depends on your taste.

Note that water can open up the whisky, making savor the taste and smell the flavor. According to Miles, start with just a small drop and then go from there. He wouldn’t recommend scotch on the rocks because it is very volatile at room temperature; that is the reason for its strong smell. Instead, drink it with ice.

To those who say that scotch shouldn’t be added in cocktails, you can do actually do it. Miles says you can actually enjoy a whisky sour, blend the spirit with lemon and sugar. Or, you can try it as a base of a long drink with ginger ale and soda water.

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10 Top Selling Whiskey Brands to Consider

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When buying whiskey, one thing will never change: you are sure to faced with many choices. How you make a decision is up to you, however, you will want to focus on the following details:

  • Price
  • Reputation
  • Reviews among others
  • Taste

Of course, if you don’t have much knowledge of whiskey you may find yourself struggling to focus on the appropriate details. How will you know if one brand tastes better than another? How will you know which brand has the best reputation?

There are a few things you can do if you don’t have much personal experience. First and foremost, search the internet far and wide for as much information as you can dig up. Soon enough, you will find yourself learning more about whiskey than you ever thought possible.

From there, don’t be shy about asking a sales person at your local liquor store for assistance. Once you tell this person how much you are looking to spend, they will be able to point you in the right direction.

At this point, you don’t want to wait any longer. So, here we go. Here are 10 top selling whiskey brands to consider buying:

Canadian Mist

Canadian Mist

Since 1967, this company has been a top name in the industry. Sales have been declining over the past few years, but it is still a favorite among many.

Black Nikka

Black Nikka

“Bearded Black” is a Japanese whiskey, but if you ever have the chance to let this touch your lips you should take full advantage. It may be hard to find in some parts of the world, but if you do you should give it a try.

Canadian Club

Canadian Club

Owned by Beam, this brand is known throughout the world. Since being established in 1893, Canadian Club has brought smiles to the faces of people from one side of the globe to the next.

Black Velvet

Black Velvet

Owned by Constellation Brands, this Canadian Whisky never comes up short. First established in the 1940’s, Black Velvet doesn’t take a backseat to any brand in the world.

Seagram’s 7 Crown

Seagram’s 7 Crown

Seagram’s 7 Crown is one of the top selling American brands, despite the fact that sales were stagnant for the better part of last year. If you want to give honey-infused whiskey a try, this is a brand to keep an eye on.

Kakubin

Kakubin

Yet another Japanese whiskey, Kakubin has experienced a nice increase in sales over the past couple of years. Owned by Suntory, this brand offers many products including a premium version that hit the market earlier this year. Much the same as Black Nikka, finding this whiskey could be a challenge (but if you keep looking you will eventually get your hands on a bottle).

Jameson

Jameson

With Irish whiskey becoming more and more popular in the United States, it is no surprise that Jameson is on this list. Established in 1780, this brand has been producing high quality products longer than most others. This has to count for something, right?

Crown Royal

Crown Royal

Crown Royal has long been one of the top names in the industry, with its branding and marketing strategy among the best of the best. Believe it or not, this whisky was only sold in Canada up until 1964. Fortunately, this changed and it is now one of the top sellers in the world. Regardless of where you live, finding Crown Royal should not be too difficult of a task.

Jim Beam

Jim Beam

Jim Beam continues to grow in popularity, resulting in a nice sales increase for the company over the past two years. With many popular products, including such favorites as Jim Beam Honey, don’t expect this brand to be outshined anytime soon.

Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels

Is it any surprise that Jack Daniels is still one of the most popular whiskey brands in the world? The brand has been an industry leader for years, and its owner, Brown-Forman, expects more of the same in the years to come. If you want to drink the same whiskey as millions of other people, this is the way to go.

If you are looking to buy a bottle of whiskey but don’t know where to start, you cannot go wrong with one of these 10 brands.

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