Whiskey sales are surging as legendary drinks like the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan make a comeback, and bartenders concoct new combinations like the Kentucky Margarita and other bourbon-based cocktails. Vodka remains the spirits category leader with $758.2 million in dollar sales at food stores for the 52 weeks ending March 7, a 6.8% rise from the same period the previous year, according to the Nielsen Co. But whiskey is showing strong growth, driven largely by Irish whiskey, whose ...

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