One of the biggest obstacles to the global growth of Scotch whisky in the last 12 months has been a tax, rather than a pandemic.

While lockdown restrictions certainly played their part in having an impact on the exports of Scotch, a much more worrying trend was caused by the arrival of a tariff on the whisky that came into force in late 2019, which led to a drop in Scotch exports of 30%.

Happily, the arrival of a new United States president seems to have been good news for the Scotch industry, as Joe Biden has already announced a four month suspension of this tariff. Meaning the trade can, in the short term at least, get back to normal levels

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