In another sign of normality returning to battle-weary Iraq, the country is renewing its taste for Scotch whisky,according to a report in The Scotsman.
David Gates, whisky director for drinks giant Diageo, said sales of the company’s whiskies were on the rise after taking a pounding in recent years.
Before the 2003 invasion, Iraq had been a big market for the drinks company, which makes blended whiskies including Johnnie Walker, J&B and Vat 69, along with malts such as Lagavulin, Royal Lochnagar and Talisker.
Figures from the Scotch Whisky Association show that total Scotch whisky sales in Iraq rose from £2.9 million in 2008 to £6.5m last year.
Gates said he believed that sales were being driven by soldiers still stationed in the country.
(Source: The Scotsman)