Exports grew in the first six months to almost £2 billion, compared with £1.78 billion in the first half of last year, an increase of 11%, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).
Growth was recorded in mature markets such as the US and France and in emerging economies such as South Africa and countries in South America.
Increases in exports to these countries helped mitigate declines in some Asian countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
The US remains the biggest market by value, increasing by 29% to £391 million in the first half of the year compared with the first half of last year. It is followed by France which saw exports grow by 6%, to £199 million, and Singapore which jumped by 19%, to £174 million. Exports to South Africa also shot up by 19%, to £65 million.
Rapid growth was recorded across South and Central America.
Mexico is now the ninth biggest market for whisky exports, increasing by 67% to £54 million compared with the first six months of last year. Brazil recorded growth of 42% to reach £49 million, while exports to the distribution hub of Panama rocketed by 86% to £31 million to meet increasing demand across Latin America.
Trade agreements with a number of countries in Latin America came into force last month and are expected to further boost exports to the region with an end to import tariffs and creation of fairer tax arrangements.
Increases in exports to Germany, up 28% on last year's figures, and Latvia, up 6%, reflects growth in the Russian market, according to SWA.
Gavin Hewitt, SWA chief executive, said: "Demand for Scotch whisky from mature and emerging markets around the world grew strongly in the first half of this year after a slow start in 2012.
"While these figures provide a snapshot of what is happening with exports, the industry is confident this expansion will continue. Significant new investment in the industry in Scotland by Scotch whisky producers reflects the belief that growth will be sustainable.
"Scotch whisky is widely recognised as a quality product and leads the way into new markets for other food and drink exports from the UK. It continues to be vital for the UK's export-led recovery. Developments, such as new trade deals, help ensure success will continue."