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This year we are going to celebrate the 11th anniversary of World Whisky Day. It’s an international day of celebration for a kind of alcohol known as “the water of life.” Organizers have announced that all you need to take part in the celebration is your favorite bottle of whisky.
World Whisky Day is scheduled every year on the third Saturday in the month of May. This year, it will be celebrated on Saturday, 21 May 2022. This international day serves as a celebration of all varieties of whisky. It serves to boost whisky as the enjoyable and fun spirit. The only regulation is to consume your whisky responsibly.
International Whiskey Day 2022: Founder
This day was introduced by Blair Bowman, an author and drink consultant. It started when Bowman was living in Barcelona. He was highly interested in whisky drinking and established a whisky drinking club. He found World Gin Day had been gaining popularity around the globe and thought why World Whisky Day didn’t exist.
Blair Bowman purchased the website domain named WorldWhiskyDay.com, and started growing the concept organically. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the celebration, which was publicly acknowledged as World Whisky Day in 2011.
International Whiskey Day 2022: History
The ‘water of life’ has had a glorious past. The first evidence of distillation or the essential process for creating whisky dates back to Mesopotamia around 2000 B.C. It wasn’t before 100 A.D. that Alexander of Aphrodisias formed the first recorded instance of distillation — he distilled seawater to make it into pure drinking water! Distillation method for whisky didn’t come around until around 1100, at the earliest, when monks travelling into Scotland fermented grain mash to form the first instance of the beverage.
1405 was the first year in which whisky was officially mentioned as a distilled product. It’s written in some family’s history that someone in their kin group died after drinking too much at Christmas. Over the next 100 years, whisky distillation became widespread in Scotland. Later, when King Henry VII of England disbanded religious residence, many monks made their living by selling the whisky they distilled to the general public. Soon, whisky was available for everyone.
From the 1600s, immigrants from scotland to the new American colonies brought distillation practices along with them, and whisky was available pretty early in North America. Around the same time, the first whisky distillery in Ireland was formally licensed, in 1608. Whisky made another visible appearance in the 1770s and 1780s, during the American Revolution, when it was so precious that many distilleries actually used it as a currency.
To help fund Revolutionary War debt, the newly established American government imposed a tax on whisky import and export. This led to agitation between the government and the whisky farmers, finally resulting in the Whisky Rebellion between 1791 and 1794. Though George Washington sent national forces to suppress the Rebellion, the whisky tax remained a argumentative issue until Thomas Jefferson’s presidential term, when it was repealed.
In the 19th century, there were several inventions and industrialization practices for whisky. For example, the ‘continuous still’ and the ‘Coffey still’ improvised the distillation process and allowed for much more efficient and low cost production of whisky. The drink made it through the American Prohibition thanks to a loophole — it was allowed as a medicinal product and was still sold in medical stores! Walgreens gained greatly off of being able to sell the spirit. Bourbon became incredibly famous around 1964 and, even today, whisky is a historic and well-loved alcohol around the globe today.
International Whiskey Day 2022: Timeline
100 AD – Distillation Recorded
The first written record of distillation is engrossed by Alexander of Aphrodisias, the Greek philosopher, who distilled seawater to make it into drinking water.
1100 – 1300 – Whisky Distilling Techniques are Created
Monks bring whisky distilling methods to Ireland and Scotland.
1536 -1541 – Whiskey for All
When monasteries are unbanded in England by King Henry VII, many monks find that distillation is a way for them to earn their living — whisky becomes easily accessible to the public than ever.
1765 – 1783 – Whisky as a Currency?
At the time of American Revolution, whisky became so valuable that they were actually used by many distillers as a form of currency!
2004 – American Whisky Trail Created
Weaving through Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and New York, the American whisky trail is set up to celebrate and promote historical sites for whisky.
World Whisky Day 2022: Interesting Facts
Whisky is an interesting drink with more than 500 years of history. Some little known whisky facts are given below:
- In Gaelic “whisky” means “water of life”
- The spelling “whiskey” refers to Irish Whiskey, while “whisky” refers to Scotch Whisky, and bourbon is whisky made in the United States.
- Roughly one billion bottles of Scotch Whisky are exported from Scotland all around theyear.
- Scotch Whisky draws dollar 175 in income every second.
- Whisky production is said to have startedin 1494.
- France consumes maximum amount of whisky than any other country.
- 90%of Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland.
How World Whisky Day Can be Celebrated?
World Whisky Day can be celebrated easily. Grab your beloved bottle of whisky, or try a new bottle, pour yourself a glass, and raise a toast. World Whisky The following are several ways to celebrate at home or safely in an open establishment near you:
- Share pictures of your World Whisky Day celebration on social media with the hashtag #WorldWhiskyDay.
- Form your own World Whisky Day event and register it on the WorldWhiskyDay.com website.
- Drink your favorite brand of whisky, or sample new ones, with friends or family.
- Go to a local distillery to take a tour, learn more about whisky, and of course, taste several types of whisky too.
- Go to your favorite whisky shop, bar, restaurant, or hotel for celebrating World Whisky Day.
- Make a new whisky cocktail to enjoy at home.
World Whisky Day 2022: Quiz
- The World Whisky Day is Celebrated on _________.
a) Third Week of March
b) Third Week of April
c) Third Week of May
d) Third Week of June
- ____________ is the founder of World Whisky Day.
a) Blair Bowman
b) Jacob Theo
c) Henry Thomas
d) Freddie Alfie
- In 2022 the World Whiskey Day falls on which day?
a) 19 May 2022
b) 20 May 2022
c) 21 May 2022
d) 22 May 2022
- In which year was the World Whiskey Day acknowledge publicly?
- Whiskey means ___________ in Gaelic.
a) Water of Life
b) Water of Love
c) Water of Joy
d) None of the above
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