Whisky : Scotland’s Age Old Drink

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Neha Ghosh

10 Mar,2016

Whiskey is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages created from the distillation of grain-based products. It managed to closely infuse itself into culture of many nations around the world, especially in its homeland of Scotland. 500 years ago, whisky that we know today became slowly widespread among Scottish people, brought to them by the Christian monks who guarded the secrets of fermentation of distillation. The popularity of whiskey came only after 15th century Scotland. Interesting right? read on for so much more of this!

1. The world’s oldest whisky is over 150 years old

2. Distillation process, the key segment of whisky production was invented around four thousand years ago in the ancient civilizations of Babylon and Mesopotamia

3. Whisky has two legitimate spellings. “Whisky” is used in Scotland and Canada, and “whiskey” is used by Irish and Americans

4. The term “whiskey” is actually derived from the Gaelic words usage which means “water of life”

5. Whisky has two legitimate spellings. “Whisky” is used in Scotland and Canada, and “whiskey” is used by Irish and Americans

6. There are over 5000 types of Single Malt Whisky

7. Moderate use of whisky can bring many benefits to the human metabolism. It can prevent stroke, dementia, heart attack, clotted arteries, increase good cholesterol and fight against cancer cells

8. Color of the whisky comes from oak casks, and from small amount of caramel coloring


9. 90% of the Single Malt Whisky’s comes from Scotland

10. Scotch is made in Scotland, Bourbon in the US and Irish whiskey in Ireland

11. Blended whiskies are the most popular in the world from Jack Daniels to Jim Beam and from Johnnie Walker to Jameson, these are all extremely popular blended whiskies

12. Scotch whisky is made using malted barley

13.  There are over 100 distilleries and five regions for the production of whisky in Scotland- the Highlands, the Lowlands, Speyside, Islay and Campbeltown

14.  A staggering one billion bottles of scotch are exported from Scotland every year. America is the second-largest customer, importing an impressive 120 million bottles a     year

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