World Whisky Day
Whiskey is one of the most popular distilled beverages in the world, thanks to its appeal as a beloved liquor for parties. Its aroma, flavor, and tradition continue to enchant its devotees.
Beloved by anyone, from kings to commoners, for over 500 years, whisky it’s a hobby, craft, and passion for many people who seek to brew the subtle flavors they love into it. The first evidence of distillation — the essential process for creating whisky — dates back to Mesopotamia around 2000 B.C. It wasn’t until around 1100, at the earliest, when monks traveling into Scotland fermented grain mash and created the first instance of the beverage.
This Saturday, whiskey enthusiasts will celebrate the world day of this desired drink. The celebration was born in 2011 at the initiative of a student at the University of Aberdeen, Blair Bowman, who realized that other spirits have international days but whiskey didn't.
WORLD WHISKY DAY ACTIVITIES
1. Taste-test fine whiskeys with friends
Treat yourself to a sip of an expensive, well-made whisky on World Whisky Day!
If you can't find a local event, why not arrange your own World Whisky Day celebration? All you need is a bottle of whisky/whiskey to share with your friends. There’s nothing better than a drink with friends.
2. Use the hashtag #WorldWhiskyDay
This hashtag is well-used on World Whisky Day! Thousands of people participate in the holiday. Post a pic of your gorgeous glass or a shot of sipping with friends to boast your participation!
3. Learn about whisky
Do you know the difference between a tulip and a tumbler?
You had no idea those were whisky glasses, did you? There’s a lot to learn about this beverage of life, so read up on peated whisky, whisky glasses, whisky cocktails, and how whisky is made to celebrate the day!
DID YOU KNOW?
Let's start with an alarming fact: whisky could have been outlawed. This drink would have been outlawed entirely if it hadn't been for a medical loophole during Prohibition. However, it survived because of a law that allowed doctors to prescribe whisky as medication.
The word whisky actually means ‘water of life. This is because it is derived from the Gaelic word 'uisge beathe'.
"It’s a big, wide, wonderful world of whisk(e)y out there, and it’s being made in all sorts of interesting ways—an increasing number, some might argue. Whether you prefer sipping it neat or mixing into a cocktail, there’s a whisky out there for you. Cheers!"