Jack Daniels and Fireball listed as top selling liquors in Ohio

FILE - This Sept. 5, 2014 file photo shows Sidebar at Whiskey Row, a bar that offers more than 100 bourbons, in the heart of downtown Louisville, Ky. Restaurants along the city’s Urban Bourbon Trail are routinely stocked with 50 to 150 varieties of Kentucky’s signature spirit. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner, File)

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — State officials say Ohio set a record for dollar sales of spirituous liquor last year, exceeding $1 billion for the first time.

State alcohol regulators say consumers are looking for “quality over quantity” and buying more premium-priced products than ever before.

A state Department of Commerce report released on Tuesday says there were $70 million more in sales than in 2014. That’s an increase of more than 7 percent.

Overall volume consumption increased last year to 13 million gallons, representing a pace of about 4 percent.

State officials say the numbers suggest Ohioans are “trading up” to more premium brands.

Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey were the top sellers in the Buckeye State.

Here is the top 10:

  1. Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey – 379,492 gallons
  2. Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey – 298,406 gallons
  3. Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey – 291,609 gallons
  4. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum – 288,676 gallons
  5. Bacardi Superior Light Rum – 287,901 gallons
  6. Smirnoff Vodka – 283,801 gallons
  7. Absolut Vodka – 272,521 gallons
  8. Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey – 266,670 gallons
  9. Tito’s Handmade Vodka – 259,328 gallons
  10. Kamchatka Vodka – 250,578 gallons

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