The value of whisky imports came to $93.21 million in the January-October period, up 73.1 percent from a year earlier, according to the data from the Korea Customs Service and the local liquor industry.
It represents the first on-year increase in the country’s whisky imports since 2014.
Industry sources attributed the surge to the fact that a growing number of people drink at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Korea’s whisky imports had been on the skids since peaking at $264.6 million in 2007. (Yonhap)
By Nam Kyung-don (firstname.lastname@example.org)