Bourbon or scotch? You may be surprised by who owns your favorite whiskey

Bottles of Jim Beam Bourbon are displayed for sale inside the gift shop at the Jim Beam Bourbon Distillery on January 13, 2014 in Clermont, Kentucky. Japanese company Suntory Holdings acquired Beam Inc. for $13.6 Billion in a deal announced Monday. Beam is the owner of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon brands and was purchased at $83.50 per share. 

Do you prefer Maker's Mark bourbon to Jim Beam? Laphroig scotch to Bowmore? Basil Hayden's to Knob Creek?

All are different distilleries, to be sure, but now they're all owned by the same company. Japan's Suntory is buying Beam Inc. -- as in Jim Beam -- for $13.6 billion. The deal will make Suntory one of the largest alcohol producers in the world.

Curious if your favorite whiskey is one of Suntory's brands -- or another of the big distilleries?

Here's a breakdown of which company owns which whiskey brand:

 

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