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Jägermeister it ain't
Credit: Stork Club Whisky

Achtung, Scotland: Germany cranks up its whiskey biz

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Seems we owe the Germans an apology. They may be somewhat challenged when it comes to whiskey names, but their fledging industry has been busier than Frankfurt Airport.

German whiskey distilleries now outnumber those in Scotland by about 180 to 130, the New Zealand Herald reports. Nearly all are tiny operations: in 2017, the value of combined production hovered below $20 million, while Scotch exports totalled $8.4 billion. But unlike their Scottish peers, German producers cater mostly to the domestic market, so they aren’t worried about a chaotic Brexit and U.S. tariffs.

So what’s der Plan?

Don’t expect Deutschland to play the home game forever, though. “At the moment, we’re still mostly trading nationally, but we’re not setting any limits for the future,” Michaela Habbel, president of the German Whiskey Distillers’ Association, tells DW.com. Wunderbar.

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