Jameson sales lift spirits of Irish Distillers

But the company's boss has criticised the high cost of the whiskey in Ireland...

Sales of Jameson, the world’s top-selling Irish whiskey, continued to soar in the year to June, according to accounts published by Irish Distillers and its French parent, Pernod Ricard this morning. 

The volume of Jameson sold worldwide rose by 12% during the year to 5.7m cases, while the value of sales was 16% higher.

Demand was boosted by the launch of Jameson Caskmates - a collaborative series with craft brewers which ages whiskey in barrels which previously stored stout.

Irish Distillers says Jameson is experiencing double or triple-level growth in 62 of the 130 markets in which it sells around the worldwide.

Sales of what Irish Distillers calls its prestige whiskeys – the likes of Redbreast, Green Spot and Middleton - enjoyed 24% growth internationally.

The group says it has an 83% share of a growing whiskey market at home but all is not rosy in the garden.

Chief executive, Jean-Christophe Coutures says the domestic market continues to pose challenges because of high excise taxes and that it is damaging to our reputation that an American tourist can buy a bottle of Jameson in the US for almost half the price here – the home of the spirit.

The Pernod Ricard Group, which sold the Paddy Whiskey brand during the year, has announced a 1% increase in sales for the year to €8.7bn and a 4% increase in group profits to €1.4bn.