Whenever I do anything involving numbers, the margin of error is something like +/- 100%, but with that caveat, here goes.

Scotland is a small country. It does its best, but with a population of about 5 million, the Scots are doing pretty well to consume about 1 million cases of their own whiskey. The rest--about 80 million cases--they export.

The United States is a big country, almost 300 million of us. We drink about 14 million cases of our own whiskey and export about 13 million.

So that's the shocker here. With exports growing much faster than domestic consumption, it won't be long before the United States of America exports more of its own whiskey than it consumes.

Just like Scotland.

But, believe me, I know no one here is to blame. We're all drinking as much as we can.