Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Whisky
Take a read of the fun facts below and you’ll be a total connoisseur in no time.
- There’s actually two spellings. The Scottish spell it ‘whisky’ and everyone else spells it ‘whiskey’. Since we’re a British pub, it’s only natural we take on the Scottish spelling! A wise Scot once said, ‘vowels waste good drinking time’ and we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
- It’s essentially beer. That’s right! Whisky is beer without the hops, that’s simply (or not so simply) been distilled two or three times. *Gasps and grabs a pint of beer*
- To determine the alcohol content, Scots used to light it on fire. The colour of the flame that burned would indicate whether the alcohol content was right. If it burned too hot then it contained too much and it was then sold cheap to distillery workers. Turns out we’ve been in the wrong profession this whole time.
- There are between 5 main regions where whisky is distilled. The five regional whiskys are: Scotch, Irish, Kentucky (Bourbon), Canadian, and Tennesse Whisky. New Zealand and Japan are also disputed distilling regions.
- On the first Friday of every month, employees at Jack Daniel’s get a free bottle. Again, it seems as though we’re in the wrong profession.
- In Gaelic, whisky translates to uisce beatha or ‘water of life.’ Because whisky IS life.
- 99 million cases of Scotch are exported out of Scotland each year. FYI, that’s just under 38 bottles every second. Laid end-to-end, they would run the distance between Edinburgh and New York… Six times. That is one long hangover.
- A closed bottle can be kept for more than 100 years and it will still be good to drink.
- August 29th is National Whisky Sour Day.
- Got a spare penny? The most expensive bottles of this liquid gold include the Macallan 1926 ($54,000) and the Dalmore 64 Trinitas ($160,000).