GREAT BRITAIN: Low Spirits

Scottish distilleries have made no whiskey since war began, but in Britain, the Empire, North & South America the thirst for Scotch has grown bigger & bigger.

Of Scotland's prewar 158 million gallons in reserve, Ridley's Wine and Spirit Trade Circular noted, 30 millions had been drunk abroad, 28 millions drunk at home, 11 millions blitzed by enemy bombers, four millions lost by evaporation. Only 85 million gallons (all of it choice and matured) remain in bond. Warned Ridley's soberly:

"By the end of the year Scotch-whiskey reserves will have reached a really serious danger level."

Last week the British Government came...

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