Today is Saturday, May 16 – World Whisky Day. Started in 2012 by Blair Bowman, a University of Aberdeen student, it has been endorsed by the Scottish Parliament as a day of world wide celebration. In honour of this illustrious occasion, here are a few (non-illustrious) whisky facts;
– there are currently 20 million casks of scotch whisky maturing in Scotland. That’s 4 casks for every resident.
– whiskey is the official drink of – – – – – Alabama.
– there is a bottle of Arbeg scotch on the international space station.
– one large oak tree will yield 3 whisky casks.
– a bottle of whisky was found, unfrozen, near the south pole in 2006. It had apparently been left behind by Ernest Shackleton during an 1896 expedition.
– George Washington ran a whiskey distillery prior to becoming President.
– Canadian whisky was once called ‘brown vodka’.
– India consumes 1.5 Billion (with a B) bottles of whisky each year.
– there are 5000 different kinds of single malt whisky.
While you’re committing all that to memory, please take a moment to pour a dram of your favorite whisky and raise a toast to this special day. I’ll think that I’ll pop the cork on a Mortlach. Maybe the 14 or the 16. Or perhaps the Rare Old….. Enjoy!