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2http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/e147c1http://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpge374e52754ba6dhttp://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpge2echttp://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpgb8dac389b64http://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpg3_6http://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpghttp://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpg.jpg13 was a great year for American distillers, with drinkers around the globe thirsty for US spirits. It was an especially good year for bourbon and Tennessee whiskey makers. According to a new report from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, exports of the two spirits reached above $1 billion for the first time ever in 2http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/e147c1http://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpge374e52754ba6dhttp://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpge2echttp://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpgb8dac389b64http://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpg3_6http://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpghttp://cdna.tid.al/e147c10e374e52754ba6d0e2ec0b8dac389b6403_600.jpg.jpg13—a 5-percent spike in sales. And in total, American spirits exports hit $1.5 billion last year, the fourth year in a row of record sales.

But it's not just overseas; sales of bourbon and Tennessee whiskey rose 6.8 percent in the US last year for a total of 18 million nine-liter cases. Irish whiskey and Scotch sales were also up.

Read more at The Washington Post.