For centuries, the geography of whisky has been a bit like an Anglophone meeting of Nato members, with Ireland stepping in for England, and a peculiar appearance made by Japan. But today, whisky has gone global. In 2010, just two of the 60 brands and distilleries exhibiting at The Whisky Exchange’s Whisky Show in London were from somewhere other than Scotland, Ireland, the US, Canada, or Japan. They were Amrut from India and the English Whisky Co, located in Norfolk, UK. At the show this autumn, 17 of the 137 exhibitors were from ‘nontraditional’ countries.
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