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Sherry.--The importers of sherry during the past year have not done as well as they expected to on the first of January last, and the total importations were about 58,000 gallons less than in 1885, notwithstanding the fact that some large importations were delayed a year ago and appear in the latest total. Nevertheless the quantity imported during the past year was considerably larger than that of 1884. Below are the importations of the past six years :

In wood.
In glass.

In wood. In glass.
Gallons.
Düzens.

Gallons.
1881,
904,822 1,663 ! 1881,

640,569 1,905 883,787 1,001 1885,

732,504

668 899,978 593 | 1886,

674,981

869

Dozens.

1882, 1883,

Port.—The importations of port wine during the past year have been larger than in any one of the previous six years, with the single exception of 1883, when they were about 10,000 gallons larger. This is one of the most encouraging results of the footing up of the past year's business, and the outlook for 1887 is very good. The quantities follow:

In wood.
In glass.

In wood. In glass. 63,972 1,225 1884,

50,272 1,484 1882, 74,815 1,025 1885,

53,265

809 96,483 875 | 1886,

85,516 1,238

Gallons.

Dozens.

Gallons.

Dozens.

1881,...

1883,

Rhine and Moselle.- The importations of German wines during 1886 were about the same as the previous year. During the past six years there has been a large and steady growth of the German wines in popularity, and notwithstanding general · business depression, competition in lower grades and the scarcity of money, it is clear that there is a great future for them in this country. The following table shows the exact figures : In wood. In glass.

In wood. In glass. Gallons. Dozens.

Gallons.

Dozens. 1881,...... 532,800 41,209 1884,...

698,320 52,200 1882, 654,880 49,281 | 1885,

858,880 48,304 1883, 688,320 48,326 | 1886,.

837,000 56,839

Spanish Red Wines.—The importations of Spanish red wines during the past year were larger than in either 1884 or 1885. Totals since 1880 are :

1881,

1882, 1883,

.galls. 281,575 | 1884,

373,790 | 1885,
368,550 | 1886,.

.galls. 229,441

222,660 231,271

Italian Wines. These wines liave ad a better year almost than any other branch of the trade, having been imported in larger quantities than ever before, and with an unprecedented increase over the previous year. They have increased enormously in popularity within even the past six years, and are getting to be better and better appreciated as time goes on. The total importations for six years are :

D

1881,.....
1882,
1883,

In vood. In glass.
Gallons. Dozens.
31,641 10,604 1884,
50,196 13,281 1885,.
68,527 .. 14,206 1886,.

In ucod.
Gallons.
67,235
61,120
73,466 ..

In glass. Dizens. 18,027 14,959 26,340

Madeira.-The importations of Madeira for the past year show, perhaps, a larger proportionate increase over those of the previous year than the importations of any other wine, and were the largest for over a quarter of a century, being about 2,900 gallons in excess of 1884, which was the largest importation up to that time. The following are the totals for six years past : 1881, .galls. 8,059 | 1884,.

..galls. 11,286 1882, 7,018 | 1885,

5,000 1883,. 3,176 | 1886,

14,258 Brandy. The importations of brandy during 1886 were smaller than ever before, and there has been an almost uninterrupted falling off during the past six years. This is due mainly to the limited production and consequent high price of brandy, which has now come to be a very expensive luxury. The high tariff has also done much to curtail importations. It is to be hoped that 1887 will see more improvement in the business. Below are the importations for six years past :

In wood.
In glass.

In wood. In glass.
Gallons.
Dozens.

Gallons.

Dozens. 1881,...... 311,388 42,823 1884,..

248,323 45.709 1882, 239,002 47,858 1885,

227,104 43,359 1883, 270,189 51,704 | 1886,

201,752 42,717

Holland Gin.-There has been a considerable decrease in the importation of Holland gin during the past year, as will be seen from the following figures. The importers must bestir themselves if they are to keep up to the records of previous years : In u ood. In glass.

In urood. In glass.
Gallons.
Cases.

Gallons.

Cases. 331,891 7,460 1884,.

310,000 12,228 1882, 337,274 10,072 1885,

305,774 12,909 1883, 321,340 11,194 1880,

253,276 14,739

1881,

British Gin.-The receipts of British gin show a slight decrease in bulk and an increase in cases, though taken together they show a fairly steady growth in the popularity and consumption of this product. The importations for the past six years are : In wood. In glass.

In urood. In glass. Gallons. Dozens.

Gallons. Dozens. 16,077 4,814 1881,.

26,379 8,346 1882, 17,247 6,796 1885,

22,088 10,244 1883, 11,402 7,313 / 1886,

19,739 11,475

1881,

St. Croix Rum.-The importations during 1886 were in excess of those of the previous year, but still much below those of the preceding three years, as will be seen from the following table :

1883,..

1884,

.galls. 37,110 | 1885,.

36,435 | 1886,

...galls. 23,317

31,970

Jamaica Rum.-The importations of this spirit during the past year were largely in excess of those of 1885, and the largest recorded for any single year, as will be seen from the following table, which gives the totals since 1881 :

In wood.
In glass.

In wood.

In glass. Gallons. Dozens.

Gallons. Dozens. 1882, 64,864 956 | 1885,.

52,969 1,070 1883, 84,791 713 | 1886,

69,970 1,200 1884,.

56,450 690

Scotch and Irish Whiskies.—The importations of these goods in bulk during the past year were slightly below those of 1885, while the importations in glass were the largest in six years, as will be seen from the following table : In wood. In glass.

In wood. In glass. Gallons. Dozens.

Gallons. Dozens. 48,841 5,271 ! 1884,

53,711 8,095 45,721 8,066 1885,

40,971 8,145 1883, 51,482 8,410 1886,.

39,127 9,663

1881, 1882,

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Cordials. — The quantities of these goods received during the year make a larger total than the importations of any previous year. Below are the figures for six years : cases, 19,982 | 1884,.

.cases, 23,655 20,159 | 1885,..

24,261 1883, 27,066 | 1886,

28,997

1881, 1882,

Ale and Beer.—The receipts for the year indicate no decline in the popularity of these goods. The figures since 1880 are : Packages Packages

Packages Packages in bulk. bottled.

in bulk. 27,405 28,730 1885,

43,816 47,015 1892,

31,631 41,363 British, 1886,. 13,225 50,731 1883,

42,722 39,342 German, 1886, 33,178 1,440 1884,

45,312 50,135

bottled.

1881,

California Wines. During the past year the shipments of wine from California by rail were largely in excess of those of 1885, being 4,668,725 gallons, as against about 3,000,000 gallons for that year. The shipments by the Pacific Mail steamships and by sea direct show a corresponding decrease, as will be seen from the following table, covering a period of six years : ..galls. 1,386,670 | 1884,.

..galls. 1,059,753 1882, 1,271,472 1885,

1,117,987 1883, 1,146,394 | 1886,

696,885

1881,

California Brandies. The receipts of California brandies by sea during the past year show an increase over those of 1885, as will be seen from the following table :

1881,....

.galls. 65,243 | 1884,.

.galls. 32,126 1882, 32,698 1885,

11,233 1883, 46,666 | 1886,

20,309 The shipments by rail from California during the year amounted to about 200,000 gallons.

Whisky.The arrivals of domestic whisky at this port during the past year were smaller in amount than in any year since 1882, as will be seen from the following table : 1881, .bbls. 41,088 | 1884,

..bbls. 215,459 1882, 86,391 1885,

134,809 1883, 104,911 | 1886,

88,212

Alcohol.— The foreign demand for our alcohol during 1886 was smaller than it has been for years, and has had the effect of materially reducing the receipts at New-York. The figures are as follows :

1881,..

...bbls.

1882, 1883,

185,722 | 1884,
119,935 | 1885,
141,677 | 1886,

..bbls. 131,768

137,177 117,460

The exports of alcohol during the last year amounted to 28,126 barrels, of which 20,601 barrels were exported from January to June, and the balance, 7,525 barrels, during the last six months. From the beginning of the year to the end, the shipments have graclually grown smaller. The figures for January were 5,541 barrels, for December only 542 barrels. The distillers have thus far been successful in carrying out the agreement made in September last, not to manufacture any alcohol for export to Europe as long as the prices there remain so much below what they can obtain in the United States, and there is no doubt that they will be able to continue to do so throughout the season. The last large lot shipped to Europe brought 22 cents (September shipment) ; no round lots have been placed on the export market since. The small lots sold for out of way ports, such as Aspinwall, Santa Cruz, etc., and the finished goods sent to England have brought considerably better prices. During December the demand for home consumption was exceedingly brisk, and every thing indicates that the same will be the case in January, which precludes the possibility of an accu. mulation of stock and the offering of any large quantity for export. The price for home consumption is now equivalent to about 491 cents, which explains why the distillers are not inclined to sell for export at 22 cents. The following are the details of the clearances for the year 1886 :

Spain
Mar- & Canury Malla and Ger- Central Rirer Eng Sundry

seilles. Islands. Gibraltar.many. America. Platte. land. Ports. TOTAL. January-June....... 7,541

1,185 July-September, .... 2,400 October-December, .

1,067

3,145

845

8,014

170
807

660 200

855
573

816
520

685 432

20,601 4,380

80 915

80

3

273

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2,500

1,336

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IMPORTS OF CHAMPAGNE INTO THE PORT OF NEW-YORK FOR THE LAST Six

YEARS.

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1885.
Doz.

800
1,750
15,410

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BRANDS.
Ayala & Co.,....
Bouché, Fils & Co.,......
Clicquot, Veuve Ponsardin,...
Condé Sec,.....
Delbeck & Co.,......
De Venoge & Co.,..
Duc de Montebeilo,
F. Duchatel & Co.,.
Giesler & Co.,...
Gold Lack,..
Heidsieck, Piper,.
Heidsieck & Co.,..
Heidsieck, Charles,
Irroy, E. & Co.,
Krug & Co.,....
Moët & Chandon,
Morizet Sec,..
Mumm, G. H. & Co.,..
Mumm, Jales & Co.,...
Perrier, Jouët & Co.,...
Pommery & Greno,.
Ruinart, Père & Fils,...
Roederer, Louis,
Roederer, Théophile & Co., ....
Royal Sec, ...
Sundry Brands,..

1,200 3,190 14,313

521 3,433

413 1,793

258 2,225

340 31,320 4,762 2,150 2,355 1,140 5,070 4,370 46,905

5,326 14,686 38,740 1,300 2,132 1,618 4,789 12,346

22,321
3,331
2,260
1,682

3,095 2,012 41,960 7,009 3,091 1,710

5,067

1,630 47,310 8,700 4,005 1,720

2,835

555 45,365 6,327 3,575 1,368

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2,265 1,205 5,690 2,880 51,365 3,029 8,824 28,287

950

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27,219

28,550

22,728

30,023

29,338

Totals,...

206,695

193,037

180,590

251,243

251,575

219,047

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