Top 10 single malts

Top 10 single malts

If you were to make a list of the top 10 whiskies in the world in terms of sales, what would you put in there. 

Jonnie walker is probably a definite but what else?  Macallan? Glenmorangie? The Dalmore, perhaps?..

Well you would be forgiven for thinking any of these made it into the top 10 but when you consider that only 8% of scotch produced is kept for single malt and that only around 15% of all whisky is currently older than 5 years, it puts the rankings into perspective. The list below is form 2018 and is based on volume not value. 

It shows the bestselling whiskies around the world and will definitely stump you with ones you will not have heard of. 

1: Glenfiddich

Sales in 2017 – 1.22 M cases
Up 2.9% from 2016
Popular in US, UK
Remain number in 2017 and 2016
Ranked 1 in 2016


2: The Glenlivet

Sales in 2017 – 1.07 million cases
Up 2.4% form 2016
Popular in US, Taiwan, Canada
Ranked 2nd in 2016 and 2017


3: Macallan

Sales in 2017 – 907k  cases
Up 8.7% from 2016
Popular in US, duty free and Taiwan
Remains 3rd


4: Singleton

Sales in 2017: 518k cases
Up 4%
Popular in Taiwan, Duty free
Ranked 5th in 2016


5: Glenmorangie

Sales in 2017 –  cases
Down 3.3%
Popular in Spain, France, Sounth Africa
Remains 5th


6=: Famous Grouse

Sales in 2017 – 3.04 M cases
Up .5%
Popular in UK and US
Remains 6th


6=: William Lawson

Sales in 2017 3.04 M cases
Up 4.7%
Popular in France, Russia and Mexico
Up from 8th ranking to 6th from 2016


8: William Peel

Sales in 2017 – 3.03 M cases
Up 2.9%
Popular in France
Ranked 7th in 2016


9: Dewars

Sales in 2017 – 2.5 M cases
Down 5.2%
Popular in US, Spain
Remains 9th


10: Black and White

Sales in 2017 – 2.3 M cases
Up 27.1%
Popular in Brazil, Mexico, India. South Africa
Ranked 12th in 2016


As you can see France is still the largest consumer of whiskey in Europe as a single nation. That stat remains the same for 2018 and 2019. 

Why is this you may ask. One reason could be that France has rich and wonderful history with the art of distillation from Cognac, Armagnac and Eaux de vie to wine, champagne, Pastis and liqueurs. One thing is for certain, the French know how to make great spirits. 

Another valid reason could be that during the infamous phylloxera in the 1860s which was a virus that affected grapes and completely stopped all production of wines and cognac across France for around 20 years. It decimated the industry and as a result the French turned to Whisky from Scotland. It seems since then they enjoyed the elixir and thus resulting in the French being one of the main reasons the blended market is so strong.