Ohio liquor sales set another mark

Ohioans like a drink now and again, and again and again it seems, and our tastes appear to be becoming more high brow.

Liquor sales in Ohio during 2013 reached another new record – at least the 13th in a row – totaling $898 million, said the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control.

”Ohioans continue to trade up, buying more of the premium products as consumer tastes become more sophisticated,” said division superintendent Bruce Stevenson.

Topping the list is Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey with 351,125 gallons sold. The whiskey overtook the top spot from last year’s No. 1 Kamchatka Vodka, which in 2013 had 294,168 gallons sold.

The $898 million in 2013 was a 5.8 percent increase from 2012. In dollars, it $49 million.

Retail and wholesale sales were strong, too. Retail sales posted a 7.3 percent increase from 2012 to $635 million last year and wholesale – liquor bought for bars, clubs and restaurants – grew 2.5 percent to $264 million.

Rounding out the top 10 in 2013 are Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey, 286,451 gallons; Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, 283,000 gallons; Absolut Vodka, 277,729 gallons; Bacardi Superior Light Rum, 276,365; Smirnoff Vodka, 266,801 gallons; Jagermeister, 247,078 gallons; Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey, 230,164 gallons; and Korski Vodka, 222,357 gallons.