In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, barrels of whiskey are stored at the George Dickel distillery near Tullahoma, Tenn. On Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, state lawmakers renewed discussions about whether to change or rescind a state law that established requirements for distillers in order to label their product Tennessee whiskey. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A new spirits industry report says President Donald Trump's trade war dampened the overseas market for American-made whiskey last year.
The Distilled Spirits Council says overall exports of bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye whiskey tumbled amid a trade war-induced decline in exports to key European markets.
At home, U.S. sales posted solid gains, especially for pricier premium brands. American whiskey makers have been caught in the middle of a trans-Atlantic trade dispute since mid-2018. That's when the EU imposed tariffs on American whiskey and other U.S. products in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum.
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