Sales topped £1.8 billion between January and June
SCOTCH whisky exports rose by 22 per cent in the first six months of this year.
The Scotch Whisky Association (SLA), said overseas whisky sales reached £1.8 billion between January and June equivalent to 569 million bottles.
This compares with sales of £1.47 billion for the first six months of 2010.
Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the SWA, said: Scotch Whisky is a main driver for the UK and Scottish economies in building export markets.
While traditional export markets remain important, we are making excellent headway in other regions.
The United States remains the top export market for Scotch whisky, accounting for £268 million in sales which is 14 per cent up last year.
Whisky sales to France, the second largest export market, grew 13 per cent.
Exports to the emerging markets were also much stronger than a year ago, with exports to Brazil up 56 per cent to £44.8 million.
South America sales also rose 49 per cent on last year to £214 million and to Asia by 33 per cent to £442.5 million.
The SWA said recently announced new free trade agreements, which have phased out import duty taxes of up to 20 per cent, will lead to stronger export sales.
Hewlett said: Consumer confidence is strong. Recent breakthroughs in trade relations will help further.
A Free Trade Agreement with South Korea and better legal protection for Scotch Whisky in India and Turkey give optimism for further growth.
India and Turkey are now among the countries which recognise Scotch as a product that can only be made in Scotland.
We will continue to fight for fairer treatment in overseas markets and to widen Scotch Whiskys international appeal.