- Whisky is made out of beer
Whisky is made from ‘wort’, liquid extracted from the mashing process during the brewing of beer or simply the ‘beer’ that gets distilled. In fact, wort is made from all the ingredients that a glass of chilled beer contains – water, yeast & malts.
- Scottish and Canadian whisky are spelled without the e and the others as whiskey
Spelling whiskey or whisky might come as a surprise. When it comes to spelling, only Scottish/Scotch whisky or Canadian whisky are called without the ‘e.’ In rest of the world is called whiskey.
- The oldest whisky is more than 150 years old
Unbelievably, the 400ml bottle of Glenavon Special Liqueur Whisky holds the Guinness World Record for being the World’s Oldest Whisky. It is by all accounts to be packaged in between 1851 and 1858 and was in possession of an Irish family till it was auctioned off to Bonhams in London and fetched an astonishing £14,850.
- Macallan ‘M’ is the most exorbitant and pricey whisky in the world
A Lalique decanter of Macallan ‘M’ whisky was auctioned for £393,109 in Hong Kong and came to be known as the most costly alcohol worldwide. The Lalique decanter contains 6 litres of whisky drawn from Spanish oak sherry casks dating from the 1940-1990.
- The word whisky means ‘water of life’
The word Whisky comes from a Gaelic word which reads ‘uisge beathe ’, which means ‘water of life’. It later came to be expressed as ‘ uski’ , which then turned into whisky. Interesting huh.
- The angel’s pinch
Roughly 2% of whisky gradually evaporates through the barrels each year. This is popularly known as the angel’s share and is closely knit with customs in some places. Beware of the Angels.
- Scotch whisky generates £135 of revenue every second
Wow! That’s an amazing figure. Scotland exports whisky at the rate of under 2500 bottles per minute! That’s huge.
- Whisky could’ve been banned
Our special drink could have been announced illegal if not for a medical ambiguity during the Prohibition. But since there was a law which gave doctors permission to prescribe whisky as medicine, it wasn’t banned. Rules are meant to be broken, I guess.
- For whisky, life starts at 40!
Scotch whisky needs to be bottled at a staggering strength of 40% ABV. That means its life really begins at 40 for this fabulous drink. Some whiskies can also have whopping strength of up to 60% ABV.
- God knows who invented whisky
No one really knows who the first one to find out how to make this magic drink. It is believed that whisky was initially crafted by monks, who made it a holy spirit. It all reformed when King Henry VIII dissolved all of their liquor-ridden monasteries. So only God know who invented whisky.
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