A survey revealed that South Korea has more top-range whiskey drinkers than any other country in the world.
Koreans consumed more whiskey aged 17 years or over last year, according to the survey by U.K.’s International Wine and Spirit Research. Korea ranked first in the list with 698,000 (9 liters per case) of super-premium whiskey for 11 straight years.
Korea has a long standing culture of drinking boilermakers — a beer cocktail in a glass of beer and a shot of whiskey.
“In the U.S. and Europe, whiskey is sold by the glass in bars,” and industry insider told The Chosun Ilbo. “People generally drink just one or two.”
“But [in Korea,] premium whiskey is consumed in large quantities because people drink a lot of whiskey shots with their boilermakers.”