Today is Saturday, May 15 – World Whisky Day. IOn honor of this hallowed occasion, I’ve reprinted last year’s Whisky Day Post, with a few minor updates.
Started in 2012 by Blair Bowman, a University of Aberdeen student, World Whisky Day has been endorsed by the Scottish Parliament as a day of world wide celebration. To honor it, here are a few obscure 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.
– Suntory Distillers have created their own strain of yeast – Suntoryeus Lactobacillis
– Frank Sinatra was buried with a bottle of Jack Daniels
– All whisky is at least 40% alcohol.
– Of the 300,000 varieties of barley, only a few are suitable for making 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 nice MaCallan 12. Enjoy and Cheers!