Spirits Brands - Statistics & Facts

The term “spirits” refers to an alcoholic beverage that has been distilled, contains no added sugar, and has at least 20 percent alcohol by volume. The term is derived from the medieval practice of alchemy and refers to the essential liquid element obtained from a substance through distillation, the “spirit” of the substance, so to speak. Popular spirits include whiskey, rum, vodka, tequila, and gin, among others.

Johnnie Walker and Jack Daniel's are Scotch whisky and Tennessee whiskey, respectively, their names reflecting their place of origin. In 2018, Jack Daniel's Black Label made some 313.13 million U.S. dollars in sales. In the same year, the brand experienced sales growth of 2.2 percent over the previous year. Johnnie Walker sold 18.3 million 9 liter cases of whisky in 2017 and had the second highest brand value of all alcohol and spirits brands worldwide in 2017.

Captain Morgan is a popular brand of rum owned by British conglomerate Diageo, though the product originates in Jamaica. The brand is recognized by its trademark image of a pirate captain standing triumphantly over a barrel of rum. In 2017, the brand sold 11.7 million 9 liter cases of their rum worldwide.

Bacardi Limited is also known for its signature white rum, though the family-owned company now produces more than 200 brands of alcohol. In 2018, Bacardi had the eighth highest sales figures of all spirits brands in the United States.

Smirnoff brand vodka ranked highest in U.S. sales with over 315 million U.S. dollars in sales in 2018. Like Captain Morgan, the vodka brand is also owned by Diageo. In a survey conducted in 2017, nearly 80 percent of consumers surveyed where familiar with the Smirnoff brand.

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